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Board of Trustees

The following board members were elected at the 2018 AGM.

Adri Baard

Summary Details
  • Name: Adri Baard
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: Afrikaans and English
  • Wikipedian since: 2017
  • Active wikis: '
  • Board member since: October 2018

Bobby Shabangu

Summary Details
  • Name: Bobby Shabangu
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, siSwati, Bahasa ,Tshwana ,still learning German and Arabic
  • Wikipedian since: 2011
  • Active wikis: en and ss
  • Board member since: September 2013
Statement I am from Johannesburg. Things that are close to my heart are history, visual arts, language, heritage, culture, music and politics. I'm presently the Wikipedian in Residence for the Joburgpedia project. In a nutshell I'm responsible for digitizing archived documents and pictures from the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. This to me is important because it means that I am bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future, It means that I don't only see change happening, but that i'm being part of the change, and it also means that I'm participating actively in the direction the change is taking. Digitizing documents makes them more accessible, generates interest for a collection, and helps preserve the originals. Be the change that you want to see in the world, Mahatma Gandhi.

Coenraad Loubser

Summary Details
  • Name: Coenraad Loubser
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • Wikipedian since: 2004
  • Active wikis: Afrikaans Wikipedia, English Wikipedia
  • Board member since: November 2016
Statement Linux and embedded systems enthusiast, South African entrepreneur and champion of internet accessibility and the power of information. Co-founder of a successful ISP.

Douglas Scott

Summary Details
  • Name: Douglas Scott
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Afrikaans
  • Wikipedian since: 2006
  • Active wikis: Wikipedia (en)
  • Board member since: 2012
Statement Douglas has been an editor on English language Wikipedia since 2006. Whilst studying for his masters in Economic Development policy in Beijing, China from 2007 to 2010 he became a very active editor contributing to South African and Chinese topic articles on Wikipedia. He first became involved in organising grassroots activities after attending his first Wikimania in 2011 and participating in a number of events organised by Wikimedia UK whilst living in London such as the Ice Age GLAM project with the British Museum.

Once he returned from London he joined the newly formed South African chapter of Wikimedia. In 2012 Douglas helped organised Wikimedia South Africa's first large event, the South African component of Wiki Loves Monuments, the largest photographic competition in the world. Since then he as organised the 2013 and 2014 Wiki Loves Monuments competitions, organised a number of edit-a-thons, and the Wiki From Above photographic competition. Douglas is also involved in the chapter's efforts to promote Freedom of Panorama in South Africa. In 2018 he was the organising chairperson for Wikimania 2018, the official annual international Wikipedia conference, and was deeply involved in both bringing the event to South Africa for the first time and in organising the event.

He is always interested in projects that encourage more people to edit Wikipedia and contribute to Wikimedia Commons. Douglas is also interested in public policy and the role it plays in the free knowledge movement.

He currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa and in his day job works in technology, data collection, and crime reduction. He has a strong interest in economics, history, technology and public policy.

Ian Gilfillan

Summary Details
  • Name: Ian Gilfillan
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: English
  • Wikipedian since: 2003
  • Active wikis: English Wikipedia, bumble around on the other South African language Wikipedias, occasionally Wikivoyage, Wikiquote, Wiktionary
  • Board member since: March 2011 (founding member) - May 2012, November 2015
Statement Started editing (with an account) in 2003, when the English Wikipedia was a blank canvas, and articles such as Durban, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Walter Sisulu were still waiting to be created. I tend to be WikiGnome-like in style. I helped set up the Wikimedia ZA Chapter, and was on the first board, and was re-elected to the current board in 2015. I helped co-ordinate the 2008 Cape Town bid, which was the runner-up (and am very grateful we did not win, as there was far less of a team behind it than this time around). I am also interested in the smaller South African and African-language Wikipedias, and regularly report on their progress. Outside of Wikimedia, I have an IT background, am passionate about Free and Open Source Software, and currently work for the MariaDB Foundation. You can read a bit more about me on my blog.

Michael Graaf

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  • Name: Michael Graaf
  • Location: '
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu
  • Wikipedian since: '
  • Active wikis: '
  • Board member since: October 2018
Statement Wikimedia is only one of my many fields of activism stretching back to the early 1980s and I suspect the list may grow! Although active in the Cape Town user group since 2013, only in 2018 have I taken the plunge to be on the board. I have just completed my Masters in IT and have come to think that the "writable web" of which wikis are an important part, has great potential as a tool for dealing with humankind's challenges.

Raymond Ellis

Summary Details
  • Name: Raymond Ellis
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, German, French, Dutch
  • Wikipedian since: 2011
  • Active wikis: English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata
  • Board member since: November 2016
Statement Raymond is a machine learning specialist with a focus on Natural Language Processing applications of neural networks. He has worked in marketing research, online transaction processing, financial analysis and various technology start-up environments. Raymond is primarily active on Wikidata.

Rossouw van Rooyen

Summary Details
  • Name: Rossouw van Rooyen
  • Location: Namibia
  • Languages: Afrikaans, English
  • Wikipedian since: 2014
  • Active wikis: Afrikaans Wikipedia, English Wikipedia, Wikidata
  • Board member since: October 2018
Statement Started editing in 2010. Been involved with the South African chapter since 2014. Helped organize edit-a-thons and learning desks. I live in Namibia.

Yonela Msongelwa

Summary Details
  • Name: Yonela Msongelwa
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: IsiXhosa & English
  • Wikipedian since: 2017
  • Active wikis: '
  • Board member since: October 2018

Advisor to the Board

Dumisani Ndubane

Dumi is a previous president and board member of Wikimedia ZA. He was employed by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2017 and stood down from the board to prevent any conflict of interests with his new role. He is currently serving as an advisor to the board

Summary Details
  • Name: Dumisani Ndubane
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English, Xitsonga
  • Wikipedian since: 2008
  • Active wikis: en-wv; ts-we
  • Board member since: September 2012 - November 2017
Statement My name is Dumisani Ndubane, I have been a Wikipedian since 2008. I'm involved in the Xitsonga Wikipedia and occasionally in the English Wikipedia. I am involved in the organisation of Wiki Loves Monuments for South Africa and Joburgpedia.

I am an Electrical Engineer by profession. The foregoing has given me the privilege to work closely with some of the existing board members and ex-board members. I believe that the exposure and experience I have on Wiki projects, combined with my project management skills can be somewhat useful to the Wikimedia-ZA chapter. My passion is in the development of small language Wikis and attraction and retention of Editors in these wikis. I also have interest in GLAM activities within the Archives environment and hope to foster lasting ties between Wikimedia ZA and the National Archives and other heritage bodies.

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