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In the fast-evolving landscape of technology and innovation, the role of dedicated researchers and educators cannot be overstated. Ms. Lindelweyizizwe Manqele, an esteemed researcher in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) and a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Department of Information under the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics recently took centre stage at the C4IR South Africa second annual Digital Transformation Expo 2023. The dynamic event was held from 19 September 2023 to 20 September 2023, at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria. This event showcased her expertise and commitment to shaping the future of technology.

Manqele’s professional journey has been marked by significant contributions to the field of Internet of Things. Her background includes a pivotal role as a scientific researcher within the Internet of Things research group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The CSIR, renowned for its cutting-edge research and development initiatives, served as a fertile ground for Manqele to refine her skills and make impactful strides in the world of IoT.

The C4IR South Africa event, organised by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is an integral part of the World Economic Forum’s global network of centres for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This network is dedicated to fostering collaboration and dialogue concerning the ethical and responsible deployment of emerging technologies. In this illustrious context, Ms Lindelweyizizwe Manqele was invited to present her insights and expertise, further solidifying her status as a thought leader in the field.

The theme of the expo, “Digital Transformation: An engine for new sources of growth for the South African Economy,” resonates deeply in an era characterised by rapid technological advancements. The expo’s primary focus was on advocating for the adoption of advanced digital technologies across various industries, emphasizing their potential to fuel economic growth. Of particular significance is the expo’s commitment to empowering small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the tools and capabilities necessary to participate actively in the digital economy.

One of the standout features of Ms Manqele’s approach to technology and digital transformation is her dedication to a user-centric mindset. Her work is deeply rooted in empathy, with a firm commitment to creating solutions that address the diverse needs and aspirations of people.

During her presentation at the C4IR South Africa Expo, Ms Lindelweyizizwe Manqele illuminated the transformative potential of Internet of Things in the context of digital transformation.

“IoT’s ability to connect and collect data from an array of devices and sensors holds the key to creating smart cities, streamlining supply chains, and improving healthcare services, among many other applications,” she said. With her extensive experience in this field, Manqele undoubtedly contributed valuable insights to South Africa’s journey towards harnessing IoT’s power for positive change.

Ms Lindelweyizizwe Manqele’s role as both a dedicated researcher and educator, combined with her participation in the C4IR South Africa Expo 2023, underscores her commitment to advancing technology and its responsible integration into our lives. Her contributions are pivotal in propelling South Africa towards a digitally transformed future that prioritises inclusivity, innovation, and human-centric solutions.

Pictured: Lindelweyizizwe Manqele

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