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Nick Roux (centre) accepting the first place and most uploads awards on behalf of Leo-za1 from event organisers Dumisani Ndubane (left) and Douglas Scott (right).

The Wiki Loves Monuments competition in South Africa ended off on a high note with the Award Ceremony on Saturday, 23 November 2013 at the Premier Hotel in Midrand. A total of 89 participants entered this year with a total submission of 6,432 photographs. This is a fantastic increase from the 1,858 submitted last year and exceeded our target for 2013 of 5,000 photographs by 22%!

The winners were:

Vouchers from Orms to the value of R7,500.
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R4,000.
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R2,500.
  • Most Entries Prize: with a staggering 1,677 photographs goes to Leo za1
Vouchers from Orms to the value of R3,000.

Unfortunately Leo ZA1 was unable to attend the awards so Nick Roux accepted on her behalf.

Our top three winning photographs have been submitted with seven other submissions as part of the ten top photographs submitted by South Africa into the international Wiki Loves Monuments competition. All of the competing photographs for the international competition, including the South African entries, can be viewed here.

We would like to thank all of our partners and the participants in the 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments photographic competition.

We would like to thank:

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The 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments - South Africa Prize giving event has been confirmed and Premier Hotels & Resorts will again be hosting this local climax of the biggest photo competition in the world.

With over 20 years experience developing and managing hotels, conference centres, boutique concept hotels and restaurants, the company has a proven longstanding reputation for delivering superior results through forward focused ingenuity and exceptional asset management. Their newly opened hotel in Midrand will host the evening gala with style. It is located halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, the two major cities in the Gauteng province. The main artery in Gauteng, the N1 freeway, runs straight through the middle of Midrand.

As part of the strengthening partneship with Wikimedia ZA, Premier Hotels & Resorts will sponsor a prize of a 2 night stay including breakfast at any Premier Hotel, (Terms and Conditions apply) towards the Wiki Loves Monuments event. This will be allocated to the first prize and overall national winner. The winning photograph for 2013 Wiki Loves Monuments South Africa has just become monumental in its own!


The price giving event gala will be held as follows:

  • Date: 23 November 2013 (Saturday)
  • Time: 17h30pm for 18h00pm
  • Venue: Midrand Premier Hotel

There are 25 tickets available for anyone who has means to attend on the day. Please email thuvack@gmail to reserve.

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Wikimedia South Africa plans to host a "Wiki Indaba" which will be an annual conference for African Wikimedia Chapters (Recognised/In Formation) and mission aligned Thematic groups operating in the African continent.
Access to mobile devices is on the increase in Africa and is expected to intensify in the next few years, increasing Africa's on-line presence. In order to take advantage of this projected growth, it is therefore important to establish and strengthen Wikipedia and Wikimedia structures in Africa.
The establishment of Wikimedia regional co-operations in regions such as Latin America, India and Asia, has supported the progressive and systematic growth of awareness and coverage of Wikipedia in these regions. This conference is the first step towards the establishment of African co-operative structures and organs made up of Wikimedia Chapters, Wikimedians and mission aligned Thematic Organizations.
The aim of this project is to facilitate co-operation and forge links among African Wikimedia Chapters and Thematic groups through direct meetings and dialogue. This will also assist in increasing Wikipedia coverage and footprint in Africa. This is the first regional conference to be held by and for African chapters in Africa, the region of the world with the lowest Wikipedia coverage.
One of the Wikimedia Foundation strategic plan for 2015, is:
Support healthy diversity in the editing community by doubling the percentage of female editors to 25 percent and increase the percentage of Global South editors to 37 percent
We believe that active chapters are central to the realisation of this goal. We hope that Wiki Indaba 2014 will begin the much needed regional dialogue for chapters to start collaborating and reviewing each other. If you believe the same thing please show your support on the project page here

Wikimedia South Africa congratulates the winners of the first Wiki Loves monuments competition organised in this country during 2012, below is a photo pose of all 5 Winners during the prize giving function held at the OR Tambo Premier Hotel on the 17th November 2012.


Below are the Winning photographs of South African monuments available on Wikimedia Commons.

We would like to thank all participants and encourage everyone who will be in South Africa next September to have a camera handy and click away. 2013 promises to be even better with more PHRA's and other partners joining the competition.

Collaboration, Creative Commons and Archives

A case-study paper submitted to The National Heritage Council for consideration at the International Conference on Archives. 2-4 November 2012 East  London, South Africa.

Submitted by: Dumisani Ndubane (Wikimedia ZA) and Isla Haddow-Flood (WikiAfrica)


The collection, organisation, and conservation of archival material are colossal tasks that have been entrusted to natural institutions and government organs around the world. These tasks have been and are being performed with diligence by many different institutions. Over and above the collection and conservation, the primary mandate of these organizations is to make this collective knowledge available to, and useful for, society. This is their most important task as prescribed in their mandates, and yet, due to constraints in resources, staff and other issues, this particular task is often challenging for the institution. These challenges ensure that the archiving institutions are effectively closed to the public, which in itself is contrary to the fundamental reason and human desire to archive and protect items of historical value.

The task of sharing the knowledge held within the institution with the public does not have to be the sole responsibility of these natural institutions, and neither does it have to be an one-organization-show. Over the last few years, a global movement has arisen to help these institutions share their knowledge with the help of interested volunteers who assist in providing access to archived information and media for research and general information. A significant part of this movement has been manifest by Wikimedia (through Wikipedia and GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Musuems)) and Creative Commons (through Open Source Licensing) at the point where they and archive institutions intersect and overlap.

Africa, with nearly one-billion people, represents the world's third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion). It is widely recognized as the last frontier for global economic growth. It is also where humanity began. Yet it has the lowest and least informed profile of any region on the internet. Africa deserves a new deal – and especially in Wikipedia. WikiAfrica is an international collaborative project between Africa Centre and Lettera27 that is designed to Africanize Wikipedia by generating and expanding 30,000 articles over two years [1]. In South Africa, WikiAfrica collaborates with Wikimedia ZA in sourcing and training Wikipedians and volunteers to contribute into the WikiAfrica project through the Wikipedian in Residence internship method. WikiAfrica currently works with 19 GLAMs across Africa.

A Wikipedian in Residence, as defined by Wikipedia, is a "Wikipedia editor [who] accepts a placement with an institution to facilitate Wikipedia entries related to that institution." These positions are associated with Wikipedia's GLAM WikiProject (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) initiative that focuses on improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the cultural sector [2].

In the past two years, Wikipedians in Residence around the world have broken new ground in facilitating the digitization and transcription of primary source materials through Wikisource (a free-content library) and Wikimedia Commons (a free media repository) which utilize Creative Commons licensing. This presentation will introduce delegates to the power of collaboration with Wikipedia and its sister organisations, the importance of Creative Commons, and will share case studies of seven Wikipedians in Residence from North America (2), Europe (2), Asia (1), the Oceania (1) and Africa (1) [3] [4].

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