A US multinational technology company, Cisco systems has made all necessary arrangements to launch a free online course that focuses on the “Internet of Everything”‚ and aims at re-writing the history of the unemployment crisis in South Africa.
Considering the rate at which the world is turning digital, the main aim of the online course will be to equip students with specific and mandatory ICT skills that will be in increasing demand in Africa in the near future.
From the analysis of the company on SA economy this week‚ SA will need to make some reassessments on its centres of economic growth – which has traditionally been the mining‚ manufacturing and trade sector, before they can address the problem of unemployment eating deep into the economy.
Regional manager for corporate affairs at Cisco systems, Alfie Hamid says the company is on a mission to introduce the online course and help inculcate relevant skills in the South African ICT workforce “resulting in respectable expert masters in networking.” This they hope to achieve by specifically focusing on the Internet of Everything.
“In a world driven by technology‚ adaption is key and redefining the job market is an imperative‚” said Mr Hamid.
Form the predictions made by Cisco Systems, by 2020‚ 50 billion things will be connected to the web‚ this will generate nearly $2bn in total economic value by the same year and in turn result in job creation.
However‚ as the internet of everything has a an unprecedented way of connecting people‚ processes and things‚ so does the need to address the ICT skills deficit escalates.
In the meantime, the incubator programme for ICT start-ups in Telkom’s Cape Town FutureHub‚ InnoTech made an announcement on Wednesday for the commencement of applications for the 2016 Telkom FutureMakers InnoTech intake‚ starting next month.
“This programme is geared towards entrepreneurial minded developers and tech savvy entrepreneurs. What they will find is in-depth business support that will help them reach product viability‚ backed with a sound business skill-set that will keep them successful after launch.
We also provide these entrepreneurs with the infrastructure and connectivity they need to support them while they develop their idea into a market-ready product‚” Michelle Matthews‚ innovation programme manager at the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative explained.
The programme targets at people who are business orientated and need a little prepping to push them from “concept to market”.