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UCT Lockdown Letters: The search for passion
08 May, 2020

During the lockdown, Accounting student Terence Chikwavira realised that his drive and purpose fell by the wayside for a good 20 or more days, and initially he could not appreciate why. Terence shares how his experience of physical seclusion caused him to search for his passion.

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Six accounting firms take the hotseat during novel careers event
02 March, 2020

In a novel and energising event, six accounting firms from the public and private sector outlined their ideas on the future of accounting to a packed auditorium of Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) students.

Representatives from six leading accounting firms had six minutes each to share their views with the final-year students.

The PGDA 6x6, jointly organised by UCT’s Careers Service and the College of Accounting, was held at the New Lecture Theatre at the University of Cape Town on 20 February 2020.

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Touch down for SA’s banking Siri
12 September, 2019

An African counterpart for Apple Inc’s virtual assistant, Siri, that focuses on banking and financial management, and speaks four of South Africa’s official languages, is breaking ground on the continent. A group of University of Cape Town (UCT) students are behind the novel idea.

They call her Naledi, and she is a multilingual personal banking and financial management assistant powered by artificial intelligence that reaches users via WhatsApp. In a world where tech trends reign, Naledi is guaranteed to make life easier. How can she not? She understands and speaks isiXhosa, isiZulu, Setswana and English and allows users to buy airtime, transfer money, check account balances, and gives users the financial advice they need, when they need it most.

Naledi was designed and developed by Thapelo Nthite, a fourth-year mechatronics student in UCT’s Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, in partnership with some of his peers: Xolisani Nkwentsha and Sange Maxaku are master’s students in electrical engineering currently conducting research into artificial intelligence, and Bonolo Malebo is a postgraduate accounting student in the Faculty of Commerce.

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