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Board of Trustees

The following board members were elected at the 2020 AGM.

Bobby Shabangu

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  • Name: Bobby Shabangu
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English, siSwati, Bahasa ,Tshwana
  • Wikipedian since: 2011
  • Active wikis: zu;ss;st
  • Board member since: September 2013
Statement I call Johannesburg home, and although I've registered an account in 2011 but I've been an active Wikimedian since 2013. My edits are centered around current affairs and African thematic topics. My involvement in the chapter is more on outreach, support to local Wikimedia volunteer communities and activation of new wikimedians. A lot of people consume knowledge from Wikipedia but they don't contribute. My goal is to see more diverse participation to Wikimedia, especially one from black Africans and females to increase content onto our small African language Wikipedias.

Coenraad Loubser

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  • 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.

Deon Steyn

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  • Name: Deon Steyn
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Languages: Afrikaans, English, German
  • Wikipedian since: 2009
  • Active wikis: af, en, de
  • Board member since: November 2014
Statement Deon is a professional technologist specialising in telecommunication. He is the first Afrikaans speaking person to attend a Wikimedia conference in 2015 in Mexico City.

Delight Chipunza Ngonidzashe

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  • Name: Delight Chipunza Ngonidzashe
  • Location: '
  • Languages: '
  • Wikipedian since: '
  • Active wikis: '
  • Board member since: November 2020
Statement A media student with a zest for knowledge, writing and content blogging. I have been part of Wikipedia since around 2013 and recently an active board member of the current chapter. I edit content in English, Shona and Ndebele. My role really is to advocate for the increase of African content in indigenous languages and culture through outreach programmes and edit-a-thons.

Douglas Scott

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  • 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.

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.

Nobantu Modise

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  • Name: Nobantu Grace Modise
  • Location: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English, Setswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho
  • Wikipedian since: 2019
  • Active wikis: en
  • Board member since: November 2020
Statement I am a publisher, editor and magazine founder who's passionate about increasing the African presence in local and international media, publishing and the digi-sphere in general. I was attracted to joining the Wikipedia community by an edit-a-thon looking for more contributions from women about Africa. With this alignment of values and the friendly, approachable and passionate nature of Wikipedians, I decided to be involved in the Wikimedia community beyond the edit-a-thon. I look forward to spending my time on the board hosting activities that will empower more Africans and women to be active members of this community. So as to enrich Wikipedia with more balanced articles about the continent and the exciting plethora of exceptional people, achievements and rich heritage that Africa is and has been home to. In as many different languages as possible.

Rossouw van Rooyen

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  • 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.

Wynand van der Walt

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  • Name: Wynand van der Walt
  • Location: Makhanda
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans
  • Wikipedian since: 2015
  • Active wikis: Wikipedia (en), Wikidata (en)
  • Board member since: 2019
Statement Wynand is a librarian, information specialist, and genealogist, with a keen interest in ensuring that the digital humanities are equitably expressed and available to all. Through his work at universities, he has been actively involved in the Open Access Movement, and is also working towards establishing and supporting Wikimedia projects as a core structure for use in Open Education. An additional area of focus is to ensure that the Africanisation of content allows for information about and from Africa, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, is made available.

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

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  • 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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