An IsiZulu Personal Finance Management Application
The main problem we are addressing for this project is the exclusion of South African (SA) indigenous languages from digital resources, and particularly in the finance domain. This problem can be divided into three sub-problems:
It has been suggested that financial literacy impacts whether citizens partake in the formal financial economy . It helps people understand how to manage their money [2,3] and the importance of banking .
South Africa has 11 official languages, yet only 2 are dominant in the financial industry. A study showed that many people require help in their home languages when they visit bank branches .
A survey showed that there is a lack of digital resources for indigenous SA languages .
We aim to address the problems above through development of a personal management mobile application that helps users manage their money and adapts a trust-inducing interface. The mobile application will incorporate a natural language generator, which when provided with a users transactions history will generate informative summaries about those transactions.
Design and development of the mobile application, and the content selection component of Natural Language Generator (NLG) for the digital assistantlearn more
Development of algorithms for verbalising numbers in all contexts, and the development of NLG pipeline stages, sentence planning and linguistic realisationlearn more
Team Leader and Researcher for Mobile Application and Content Selection for NLG
Researcher for Sentence Planner, Sentence Realizer and Verbalization of Numbers
 John P Wentzel, Krishna Sundar Diatha and Venkata Seshachal Sarma
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the bottom of the pyramid in South Africa. Development Southern Africa 33, 2
(Feb. 2016), 203-214, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/0376835X.2015.1120648
 Jason Fernando. 2021. Financial Literacy. (April 2021). Retrieved September 6, 2021, from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/f/financial-literacy.asp
 Will Kenton. 2021. Personal Finance. (March 2021). Retrieved September 10, 2021, from https://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/personalfinance.asp
Brigitte Van Schouwenburg. 2009. Taalbeleid aan finansiële instellings. Master’s thesis. University of Johannesburg (UJ), Johannesburg, South africa
 Aditi Sharma Grover, Gerhard B Van Huyssteen, and Marthinus W Pretorius. 2011. The South African human language technology audit. Language resources and evaluation 45, 3 (2011), 271–288.