Will Africa Thrive or Service Tech Disruption?


Will Africa survive or thrive tech disruption

The future of work in Africa comes under the spotlight at this year’s AfricaCom and AfricaTech, part of the virtual Africatech Festival

Everything we know about work is changing; from where and how it’s done, to who does it. The conversation around the future of work has been at arm’s length for many, but in 2020, it has been brought into stark and present focus – but, how can companies innovate their workforce alongside the people and industries they represent, in a new (and still evolving) business reality?


Seeking to address this question, this year, AfricaCom and AfricaTech, part of the virtual Africa Tech Festival (ATF), will host a series of Future of Work in Africa conversations that will focus on three key pillars that are driving the necessary innovation in the workplace – people, processes and technology.


The African continent, traditionally reliant on labour, has an opportunity to forge a different path than the rest of the world when it comes to the future of work. Reports show that digital technology adoption has the potential, if harnessed effectively, to transform the nature of work – for all Africans.


Several panel discussions and presentations at this year’s ATF, will look to providing illumination and a road map as to how to ensure that the continent fully embraces a digital future, not least amongst them the adoption of digital technologies to help build skills – not just for a privileged few, but for all.


Essential to the uptake and inclusion in the digital ecosystem is faster internet to increase jobs for all workers regardless of their education level, and the role of policies and investment in unlocking Africa’s potential.  Key themes that permeate throughout this year’s conferencing content.


“We have toyed too long with ideas to adopt digital technologies to address socio-economic challenges in food, health, security and education, how businesses can reduce costs, drive new revenue streams and dramatically improve customer experience and productivity,” said Rapelang Rabana. “COVID has demonstrated once and for all that these are not just nice or cute ideas but business imperatives. Rabana  will speak on Digital Skills: Building the 4IR army.


Discussions happening over 10 and 11 November on the AfricaTech Centre Stage include:

·       Presentation: How Africa will survive or thrive tech disruption

  • The future of work: from COVID-19 to the 4IR and beyond – Stafford Masie, General Manager,WeWork South Africa
  • Bridging Africa’s digital skills gap: Enhancing human capacity to realise Africa’s 4IR potential, a panel discussion that will incorporate discussion points on:
    • Designing the workforce of the future
    • What key skills will be required? Where are the biggest gaps?
    • Who is responsible for the required skills reboot?
    • Modifying existing learning systems for the digital age
    • How can non-conventional learning pathways be formalised and scaled?
    • Teaching people to become lifelong learners
  • Creating a learning culture through digital upskilling – a panel discussion on how the pandemic has accelerated change in business transformation and their Future of Work roadmap

(In these transformative times, there are concerns about the implications of the fourth industrial revolution for the future of women’s work).


Speakers participating in the Future of Work series will include:


The Future of Work Africa offers a unique opportunity to explore their undeniable interconnection and answer questions such as creating a flexible workforce planning processes, exploring what skills will be required for the future, and how to prepare for a future not yet defined.


Taking place online this year, the Africa Tech Festival incorporating AfricaCom and AfricaTech will provide ample opportunity for insight, business operational adjustment and an eye as to the opportunities presented by the digital shift.

To register for a FREE delegate pass – click HERE

For further information please visit the 2020 website

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For other media enquiries, interviews and/or images please contact:  Kaz Henderson [email protected] or call on +27 (0) 82 339 1199.  Please note that media registration will open next week.


About AfricaCom and AfricaTech 2020

Virtual Africa Tech Festival, including AfricaCom and AfricaTech, is part of the Informa Tech Connecting Africa event series, now in its 24th year. A vibrant celebration of Africa’s diverse community of tech champions, Africa Tech Festival is the largest tech and digital connectivity conference and exhibition in Africa, attracting 450 exhibitors and 15,000 attendees in 2019. Key themes for 2020 include 4IR for Africa, Connecting the Next Billion, Digital Infrastructure Investment, Tech for Good, ICT Policy and Regulation, the Future of Work and Talent and Skills Development.

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