The commission, previously referred to as the Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, is one of President Cyril Ramaphosa's major policy interventions, which he has linked directly to South Africa's future prosperity as a nation.
The commission, Ramaphosa has said, must "ensure that our country is in a position to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of rapid advances in information and communication technology".
It is now urgently looking for representatives of government, business, small business, academia, labour, young people, women, and NGOs, to serve at the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa in an advisory position.
According to its terms of reference the commission, which is to be chaired by Ramaphosa, will meet only twice a year. But it will have to achieve rather a lot in those two meetings.
Between its terms of reference and a concept document underpinning its creation, the commission is being tasked with creating a "national response action plan" to deal with the fourth industrial revolution with a short-term focus on employment and a longer-term approach that must take into consideration everything from health to transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
Its specific jobs include guiding government's approach to :
The commission has also been cautioned that it "must not ignore the importance of biological technologies".
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