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Board of Trustees

The following board members were elected at the 2021 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 in Wikimedia, especially one from black Africans and females to increase content in 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: Wikipedia (af, en, de)
  • Board member since: November 2014
Statement Deon is a professional technologist specializing in telecommunication. He is the first Afrikaans speaking person to attend a Wikimedia conference in 2015 in Mexico City.

Douglas Scott

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  • Name: Douglas Scott
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Afrikaans
  • Wikipedian since: 2006
  • Active wikis: Wikipedia (en), Commons, Meta Wiki
  • Board member since: 2012
Statement Douglas has been an editor on the English language Wikipedia since 2006 and a member of the South African chapter of Wikimedia since 2012. He was president of Wikimedia South Africa from 2015 to 2020 and was the organizing chairperson for Wikimania 2018, the official annual international Wikipedia conference. He has been involved in copyright advocacy to support the free knowledge movement since 2014 when he has advocated for the adoption of Fair Use and Freedom of Panorama in South Africa.

In addition to his copyright advocacy Douglas has organized and implemented over 20 projects for Wikimedia South Africa such as Wiki Loves Monuments (2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015), Wiki From Above, the first climate change edit-a-thon, Kiwix pilot deployments, and Wiki Loves Science. He is always interested in projects that encourage more people to read and edit Wikipedia or contribute to Wikimedia Commons. Additional interests include public policy and the role it plays in the free knowledge movement.

Douglas currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and in his day job works as a criminologist specializing in technology, data collection, project design, and crime analysis. He has a strong interest in economics, history, technology, and public policy.

Khetiwe Marais

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  • Name: Khetiwe Marais
  • Location: '
  • Languages: '
  • Wikipedian since: '
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  • Board member since: '
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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 master 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.

Sincerity Lawrence

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  • Name: Sincerity Lawrence
  • Location: Sometimes Soweto, sometimes Cape Town, sometimes Namibia = Pan African Global Citizen
  • Languages: Sesotho, English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, SeTshwana, French (Conversational Fluency)
  • Wikipedian since: '
  • Active wikis: '
  • Board member since: 2021
Statement I love knowledge and it loves me! I love the creation of knowledge, the acquisition of knowledge, the constructive critique thereof and the accredited and un-accredited transfer of knowledge. I studied at UCT Michaelis School of Art , Wits University Literature and Media Media Studies School and Vega School of Brands. I create, manage and disseminate literary and visual texts for a living. Both my parents were teachers. I taught and lectured for a short while. I have 3 children and would love to be blessed with more. One of them has Autism...he's certainly special. I respect the agenda of diversity inclusion more because of him. I cook, visit art galleries, museums, read Wiki articles and contribute to the St Anne Solidality with my spare time.

Nazeem Hardy

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  • Name: Nazeem Hardy
  • Location: Cape Town
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans
  • Wikipedian since: '
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  • Board member since: March 2022
Statement I am the current President of the Library & Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). I am a public librarian with an Honours in Librarianship. I have been working in public libraries since 1993 and in that time have occupied various roles within that sector. I am a passionate believer in the benefits of reading to communities and believe that libraries are the great equalizers in connecting people to information and literacy.

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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Dumisani
  • 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 the attraction and retention of Editors in these wikis. I also have an 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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