Ramaphosa to become first president to give speech via hologram

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the digital economy summit at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Friday (5 July).

As part of the event, Ramaphosa’s address will be live-streamed as a hologram to the Rustenburg Civic Centre, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) said.

“As the summit’s opening ceremony commences at Gallagher Estate in Midrand wherein President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote address, a real-time simulation led by the Premier, Prof. Job Mokgoro will take place at the Rustenburg Civic Centre,” the presidency said.

“This will be the first live holographic broadcast of a Head of State, thus showcasing South Africa’s readiness to be a leader in the 4IR.”

According to the DTPS, a 3D hologram is a projection that exists freely in space and is visible without the need for 3D glasses.

It displays products, objects, and animated sequences three-dimensionally and enables seemingly real objects or animations to appear to float completely freely in space.

“This method of using a 3D hologram opens up a completely new, revolutionary way of presenting products,” it said.

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Ramaphosa to become first president to give speech via hologram