Jobs at High Risk of Being Displaced by 4IR Technologies in SA’s Manufacturing Sector

Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies are a game changer in how they will fundamentally alter the way people live, work, and relate to one another. While there is general positive sentiment towards the benefits of 4IR technologies, the idea that robots may take the jobs of workers has raised concerns in South Africa for those in the manufacturing sector, as they are vulnerable to potentially being displaced by technology.

To gain insight into the type of occupations at a high risk of being affected by 4IR technologies, a team of
researchers from the Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) at the University of Cape Town analysed
the occupational structure of the manufacturing, engineering and related services (MER) sector labour

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