South African Artificial Intelligence Industry Association Signs MOU with MICT SETA

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South African Artificial Intelligence Industry Association Signs MOU with MICT SETA

The South African Artificial Intelligence Industry Association Signs MOU with MICT SETA

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Artificial Intelligence Association (SAAIA), an industry body focused on promoting the advancement of responsible AI in South Africa, signs MOU with MICT SETA to focus on skills development in artificial intelligence and smart technologies.

SAAIA seeks to encourage stakeholders in the adoption of responsible AI for the commercial and societal benefit of the citizens of South Africa with a primary focus on economic growth, trade, investment, equality and inclusivity by uniting practitioners across Commercial, Government, Academic, Start-up and NGO sectors.

The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) is a public entity established in terms of the Skills Development Act by the Government of South Africa. The MICT SETA plays a pivotal role in achieving South Africa’s skills development and economic growth within the sub-sectors it operates namely; Advertising, Film and Electronic Media, Electronics, Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Gugu Sema, Senior Manager: 4IR at MICT SETA commented at the recent SAAIA launch event: “The MICT SETA firmly believes in the transformative potential of AI and its ability to drive economic growth, improve efficiency, and enhance societal well-being. Our participation in SAAIIA aligns perfectly with our strategic imperative of fostering a digitally skilled workforce that is equipped to meet the demands of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

Dr Nick Bradshaw, the founder of SAAIA stated, “From hype to a global reality the SAAIA vision has been shaped by analysing the global and local landscape, identifying needs and filling the blanks with research.  This has revealed both the challenges and opportunities AI and related smart technologies can bring to South Africa for both citizens and the wider economy.  Our research has shown that AI and related automation technologies are currently impacting 120+ traditional industries globally, while creating new job opportunities and challenges in timescale never seen before.  The speed of this disruption is faster than any other industrial revolution that has gone before it and skills development, education and training is a foundational aspect for people to embrace this new wave of innovation and progress their learning and career prospects which is why we teamed up with MICT SETA.”

SAAIA Launch Pretoria

SAAIA Launch Pretoria was well attended by AI thought leaders, practitioners and enthusiasts

It is of vital importance that the opportunities Artificial Intelligence presents are possible and available for everyone to embrace not just the few. The SAAIA MICT SETA MOU aims to engage both individuals and organisations, novices and experts, those who are connected and not connected, so no one is left behind.

SA AI Association Launch Event

“We’re excited to be a part of the AI revolution at the launch of South Africa’s Artificial Intelligence Association!” said Ms Gugu Sema, Senior Manager: 4IR representing MICT SETA.  She was part of the dynamic panel discussion on “AI Skills and Education in the Global Job Market” exploring how AI is transforming the job landscape and how education plays a pivotal role in shaping a future-ready workforce.

The founding partners and Advisory Board members of SAAIA are drawn from across multiple domains and passionate about the adoption of responsible AI, including; DCDT Government of South Africa, Google, Western Cape Government, Gauteng Tourism Authority, AI Institute of South Africa, Tshwane University of Technology, MICT SETA, Anza Capital, Michalsons, GIZ, ExploreAI, Cirrus AI, TinyML Foundation, Augmented Startups, Data Economy Policy Hub, Socially Acceptable, mLab, Zindi, Technology Innovation Agency, ecosystem.Ai, Tshwane University of Technology, Webber Wentzel and University of Johannesburg.

Individual membership is free and members of SAAIA gain access to resources, insights and news throughout the year.  Members also receive discounts to join the association’s annual event, AI Expo Africa, which this year is being held in Johannesburg 2-3 November at the Sandton Convention Centre.

About the AI Media Group

The AI Media Group administers SAAIA and is a South African based industry analysis, publishing & business events consultancy specialising in the 4IR / smart tech sector in Africa.  They are curators of AI Expo Africa, the continent’s largest B2B/B2G Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) trade show and publishers of Synapse, the first quarterly trade magazine charting Africa’s 4IR innovation journey. The group also runs AI TV which hosts discussions on trends in AI and 4IR technologies with local, regional and global thought leaders.

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Nick is Co-founder of AI Media Africa, curators of AI Expo Africa as well as Africa's first AI & Data Science Magazine (Synapse) and is the host of the streaming channel AI TV.
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