Uber hosted the “The Future of Work” conference in Cape Town on Friday, 06 September to steer an open discussion on the main changes taking place in the world of work.
According to Uber’s Public Policy Manager, Guy Levin, there is a demand for more flexible, independent forms of work. While this change is occurring across most of the economy, digital technologies in particular are opening up reliable, diverse and unprecedented opportunities for income generation – often for those who need it most.”
- S’onqoba Vuba, Co-founder and Managing Director, Perpetu8
- Mothunye Mothiba, Chief Executive Officer, Productivity SA
- Mosidi Modise, Senior Analyst, Allan Gray, Africa Project Lead Shaping the Future of Work
- Co-founder of Future.Africa, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
- Meghan Taylor, Partner for Boston Consulting Group
- Mthunzi Mdwaba, Vice President for International Organisation of Employers in the International Labour Organisation & Global Spokesman for Employers at International Labour Organisation.
Technological innovations are changing the way people provide and consume services. It is important to consider the context of independent work and the broader economic backdrop in South Africa. During the mornings events, topics and solutions were discussed around this topic, and included insights on how can SMEs and entrepreneurs can be skilled during the 4IR, how can technology assist in helping entrepreneurs and the youth grow their skills and businesses, as well as how the online marketplaces can power employment across Africa.
Independent work can be an important tool to support people during transitions, including those arising from job displacement. Being able to quickly start earning a living, and fit work flexibly around retraining will help people adapt to the future. However, no one will be forced into the gig economy. But those who embrace the value proposition created by the digital age, and want to participate as independent partners, rather than employers or employees, are entitled to every opportunity to make their living on their own terms.