Government is looking at developing the biggest tech hub in Africa, a coding and programming academy as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular.

¡§Through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), my department, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the biggest Tech Hub in Africa ¡K¡¨, the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said on Friday, 22 February 2019.

She was addressing an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg under the theme: ¡§Leveraging on Digital Platforms for 4IR Creatives¡¨.

The session was led by Communications Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, and Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana.

The one-day engagement focussed on broadcasting, audiovisual and new platforms, as well as the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).

Minister Zulu said the technological revolution must improve and advance the lives of South Africans.

It also becomes important that small, medium and micro enterprises and cooperatives embrace this radical reshaping of the relationship between technology capabilities and business opportunities.

¡§Incubators must focus on creating a new generation of South African start-ups that will drive the creation of disruptive technologies in the creatives industry,¡¨ she said.

The Minister said South Africa was well placed to benefit from the potential of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the future.

The Minister said the size of South Africa¡¦s gross domestic product, its levels of per capita income and productivity gave it the advantage to lead in the ICT sector on the continent.

¡§If South Africa wants to build on its existing strengths, it must not wait longer with making meaningful, and sometimes bold, changes. It must overcome its current complacency, political complexity, and inertia to act.

¡§South African initiatives are likely to be successful only if they happen in an integrated manner and, importantly, create more scale and scope for growth across Africa and create the conditions that allow a greater role for consumers and businesses to drive the impact of new technologies through their effective use,¡¨ the Minister said.

¡V Source: SAnews.gov.za