5.7 million South Africans are at risk of losing their jobs to machines

Managing Director for Accenture Consulting in Africa and Futures Studies alumnus, Dr Roze Phillips says over the next five years, 5.7 million South Africans are going to be at a risk of losing their jobs to machines.

This is because 70% of these jobs are already done by machines. This would affect blue collar jobs as well as white collar jobs.

The risk is real and the risk is immediate...

Dr Roze Phillips, MD for Accenture Consulting in Africa and Futures Studies alumnus at Stellenbosch

Dr Phillips says in future people will have to work better than machines and that means people have to be more creative.

She says there are still problems that we haven't figured out that we would need to come up with solutions for them like doing away with long queues at hospitals and clinics.

Jobs are changing and we need to re-skill... We need to have two types of skills, creativity together with scientific numeracy capability.

Dr Roze Phillips, MDfor Accenture Consulting in Africa and Futures Studies alumnus at Stellenbosch

Jobs have moved and the economy has moved... The economy has moved from analogue and digital economy. An Uber driver is still a driver but if you want to find a customer, you have to be digitally literate.

Dr Roze Phillips, MD for Accenture Consulting in Africa and Futures Studies alumnus at Stellenbosch

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