Caspar Herzberg, President of Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SCHNEIDER Electric, the global specialists in energy management and automation, plans to train 30 000 locals in the next four years to enhance digital skills and prepare South Africa for the future.
Caspar Herzberg, President of Schneider Electric Middle East and Africa region, disclosed the ambitions at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) Regional Roundtable with President Cyril Ramaphosa and members of the South African government in Johannesburg.
He said the planned training of thousands of locals was, in line with its position as leaders in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, to support South Africa in its quest to provide safe, reliable and sustainable energy.
“We believe in investing in people, as the backbone of the economy, and we place significant focus on vocational training and on the job training,” Herzberg said.
Herzbeg co-chaired “Taskforce 8: How to create jobs for youth” at the WEF event.
“The conversation is on how best to develop young people in South Africa, providing them with the skills they need to contribute to and participate in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” he said.
Herzbeg described South Africa is an integrated economy with significant growth potential, hence it was the perfect platform of innovation to launch into the rest of the continent.
“It is important that government and industry engage in win-win partnerships, particularly around key verticals of the smart city, such as energy, water and transport. Through these partnerships, industry is able to invest, and experiment, and that is a very attractive proposition.”
He said for Schneider Electric, access to energy, education and basic connectivity was a basic human right.
“Our foundations are built on that very principle, that the digital economy and real economy are intertwined. Without energy, there can be no digitisation – everything we do is powered by energy.”
by CAJ News