Southern African postal and telecommunication regulators have been taken to task to come up with strategies and policies that promote the internet of things.
With the developed world now moving along with IoT and artificial intelligence also known as the Fourth International Revolution, which has seen robots and drones doing most of the work, human resources practitioners in the Communications Regulatory Authorities in Southern Africa were urged to consider the technological trends in their practice.
Speaking at the CRASA Human Resources Development Committee meeting in Harare yesterday, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) Deputy Director General Eng Alfred Marisa recognised the current movement of technology.
“The ICT sector is characterised by rapid technology developments. Perhaps it is time to introspect at what we are doing and see whether what we are doing is adding value or we are just doing things as done before. It is about time that we move from the traditional way of doing things. From the traditional HR practises.
“I recently read an article talking about the shortage of drone pilots. That’s going to be in the near future. The shortage of drone pilots in impending. Instead of employing five messengers or drivers, you might need two or three drone pilots and they will do all the work for you. And picking you up from the airport,” he said.
He added that Africa should move along with changing technology trends.
Crasa members are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Crasa’s key mandates are to promote and coordinate implementation of key regional ICT and postal regulations, standards and equipment type approval to improve the business environment and investment climate in the region.
He said industry players cannot bury heads in the sand at a time technological advancement was taking place at an alarming rate.
Marisa said human resources policies were flexible enough to tap into the skills and expertise of the population in the diaspora.
“I am not talking about those who want to come back and become consultants but I am talking about people that can offer their services for a fee and not necessarily consultants but can carry out a job for you for a period of time and pay them as they go,” he said.
CRASA official Antony Chigazazira also said they have suggested employee wellness policies in the sector.