Professor Klaus Schwab recently visited South Africa to establish a partnership between the World Economic Forum business leaders and South Africa, in an attempt to help President Cyril Ramaphosa to raise $100 billion in investment to grow the economy. Professor Schwab said that he was filling a promise made to former President Nelson Mandela in 1990’s to do everything he could to help South Africa reach its potential. In line with that his visit also included advocating for the planned establishment of a Fourth Industrial Revolution Centre in South Africa which will be looking eight different technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and precision medicine to establish the necessary regulations, ethical views and impact on humanity from an African perspective.
Professor Schwab has advocated for more youth to ‘have a seat at the table’ of large decision making bodies. In line with that vision, the Tshwane Hub along with Global Shapers from as far as Ghana including Young Global Leaders, met with Professor Schwab at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank on the 27th June 2018 to share their views on the youth message that should be shared with President Cyril Ramaphosa. A variety of messages were put forward ranging from an increase in risk capital to support start-ups in South Africa to giving access to youth to help drive decision making policies. It is our hope that the messages shared were well received and that we can further engage with national, provincial and local governments to help shape Tshwane for the better.