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KZN Students Are Making Major Moves

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Students in Kwazulu-Natal are making South Africa proud. One student is assisting students in the battle that online learning has presented and the other is representing South Africa on a large scale. With these being our future innovators, South Africa definitely has a chance at prospering further as a country.

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Two students from Kwazulu-Natal have used their innovation and are making a difference both in South Africa and globally. 

Fanie Ndlovu, a Durban University of Technology (DUT) student of Information and Communications Technology, has, with his team, created a platform called VarsityGenie. VarsityGenie sees students build work experience at the same time as enriching and contributing to their community.

Ndlovu said, “I started to host workshops via VarsityGenie on campus that introduced artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing with my friend Reddy Bambi. Universities are unable to do this due to the complex structure and policies that make up the curriculum."

This platform is not only for University students but also for high school students. Through VarsityGenie, learners can also gain knowledge, get careers advice and gain access to Universities. Students from Universities are also called on to talk about what they're studying to high school learners.

This platform also gives access to learning material in modules on various subjects and students can work at their own pace. They can also record themselves and what they know and share it with other students.

VarsityGenie is based at DUT but it's creators aim to have it at all KZN Universities and then worldwide. 

Another DUT student who done work for VarsityGenie has also been making moves. Nombuso Msweli, a final year student in information and communication technology, was chosen by Google to be a Women Techmaker ambassador. She does work to empower women in the technology industry.

Being a Women Techmaker ambassador are community leaders around the world. Their goal is for woman to be looked at as equals and be treated as equals in the technological field, a field which is dominated by men.

Msweli said, "“It is rare to see females who are in it to actually shine, not just to achieve the diploma or degree. My role as an ambassador is to bring or create that equal space for males and females in technology.”

She will host events that will see women learn, grow and work towards gender equality ad bridging the gap in the industry. She'll also take part in webinars where other women who have worked and been in the field will be and in this way, she'll be able to birth ideas which will manifest her own initiatives in technology.

With young individuals like Fanie and Nombuso in the world, and lucky for us in our country, we will definitely have a future filled with innovation and many steps forward will be made to combat the inequalities that exist. 

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