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The Negative Impact Of The Fourth Industrial Revolution

People face tremendous problems with unemployment due to the introduction of machinery.


We spoke to Mrs. Tshabalala, who worked at a farm in Frankfort in the Free State  Province. She stated in her interview that she was deployed at her job because her boss had bought a tractor that could do her job.


It brings us to Macdonald's implementation of machines, to order and get paid by customers.


As a result, people like Mrs. Gemba, who worked as a cashier lose jobs. Mr. Manyane, a victim of this tremendous change worked at Telkom as a cable jointer (technician), lost his job due to technological advances. Hence the company opted for a wireless connection.


The retrenchments were done in terms of section 189A of the Labour Relations Act, stating that they indeed cut some 3000 jobs nearly a third of its workforce. It also brings us to the cars that function using electricity taking the jobs of petrol attendants in South Africa. However, this leaves us with a question about whether we should be happy with this easy way of life, but at what cost?


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