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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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Teaching al fresco saves the day
07 August, 2019

What to do when a booking glitch sees you and 180 students without a lecture venue? You take to the great outdoors, as Carla Fourie did with her financial accounting students last week, under an African sky on the steps opposite the AC Jordan Building, amphitheatre style.

Fortunately, the infamous Cape of Storms played along and so did her spirited first-year students. Scouts had told her the Jammie Steps were out – too busy on a rare sunshiny day.

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