There is a problem with education in South Africa (and Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don’t know how to tackle the problem – or where even to start tacking the problem. The ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level.
When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks – and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S’onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage. President Mbeki clearly outlined the confusion that top-level leaders have when facing the education crisis, and hinted at the opportunity provided by technology.
Mbeki ended his talk with a rousing challenge to the Heavy Chef community on how to change South Africa for the better.