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Wikimania 2022 in Cape Town and Johannesburg
8 July 2022

Wikimania 2022, the annual international Wikipedia conference, will take place on 11 - 14 August 2022.

Although the main Wikimania event this year will be held entirely digitally the event organisers are encouraging the hosting of very local mini-Wikimania events around the world during the conference. This will allow participants to both attend the international Wikimania event digitally whilst also meeting with people face-to-face in their area. Wikimedia South Africa will be hosting a mini-Wikimania in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Catering will be provided and a few local events are being prepared. This will be a great opportunity to meet other members of the Wiki community so please feel free to join us and share with others that you feel might also be interested.

  • If you are interested in joining us at either the Cape Town or Johannesburg event then please let us know by filling out this form.
  • If you are looking for a scholarship to buy data bundles, pay for transport to the in person events, pay for child care etc Apply Here


11th (Thursday), 12th (Friday), 13th (Saturday) and 14th (Sunday) August 2022. Please refer to the Wikimania program for more details about the events you can attend. Please see the table below for details about when events will be held. Although people from all over the world are welcome and encouraged to attend any event they wish different regions of the world will be the focus of different days based on their time zones. On day 1 the focus will be one Asia/Oceania, day 2 the Americas, day 3 Africa, Europe and Middle East and day 4 will have a global focus. All times on the table below are in South African Standard Time.

Please note that due to limited space at the Cape Town venue a limited number of people will be able to attend the Cape Town welcome reception. If you will be attending the Cape Town reception then please sign the reception RSVP.

International Wikimania 2022 schedule
Day 1 (Thursday): Asia/Oceania
August 11
Day 2 (Friday): Americas
August 12
Day 3 (Saturday): Africa, Europe, Middle East
August 13
Day 4 (Sunday): Global Day
August 14
International Wikimania Wikimania: 11:00 – 17:00 Wikimania: 16:00 – 18:00
Hackathon: 18:00 – 24:00
Wikimania: 24:00 – 04:00
Wikimania: 09:00 – 14:00
Hackathon: 14:00 – 19:00
Wikimania: 19:00 – 22:00
Wikimania: 10:00 – 14:00
Global festivities: 14:00 – 17:00 SAST
Wikimania: 17:00 – 21:00
Cape Town NA Open: 16:00 - 20:00
Welcome reception: 18:00 - 20:00
RSVP for the Cape Town welcome reception.
Open: 09:00 - 22:00
Copyright and the Wikis round table: know your rights when editing Wikipedia: 12:45 - 13:35
Wikipedia edit-a-thon: 14:00 - 19:00
Open: 10:00 - 21:00
Johannesburg NA NA Open: 09:00 - 16:00
Welcome Reception
Live performance
Panel discussion: Preservation of Heritage and Historical Institutions (Future of GLAM)
Wikipedia state of African languages
Lightning talks
Watch Party


Cape Town

The Cape Town event will be held on the 12 - 14 August at the iNtaka Law Tech Lab at the Kramer Law Building, University of Cape Town.

We have booked two rooms there. The first is a social room where we will host a few in-person round table discussions and have a catering station where finger foods and drinks will be on offer. The second is the quiet room where people who want to break away to digitally attend the Wikimania program events can do so. You will need to bring your own device to attend the digitally based international Wikimania events. Please refer to the Wikimania program for more details about the events you can attend.

Festivities, community meetups, round table discussions, lighting talks and editing workshops will be held.

  • Venue: iNtaka Law Tech Lab
  • Address: Kramer Law Building, Wilfred and Jules Middle Campus of South Africa, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
  • Time: see schedule above
  • Date: 12, 13 & 14 August 2022


The in person event in Johannesburg will take place on 13 August 2022 ( for one day only), at the Constitution Hill.

  • Venue: The Flame Space, Constitution Hill
  • Address: 11 Kotze Road Braamfontein Johannesburg
  • Time: 09:00 - 16:00
  • Date: 13 August 2022


This event is free to join and open to everyone with an interest in open knowledge and/or Wikipedia.


A very special thanks goes out to our event partners in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Without them this event would not be possible.

The iNtaka Law Tech Lab at the University of Cape Town with providing our Cape Town venue.

The Wikimedia Foundation for funding the event.

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Wiki Loves Science South Africa 2021
11 February 2022

The Wiki Loves Science photographic competition in South Africa has just announced its winning entries for 2021. We would like to thank everyone that took part in this years event and we look forward to hosting the next Wiki Loves Science event in South Africa in December 2022. So if you or anyone you know has an interest in science and photography then please let them know.

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Afrikaans Wikipedia 20th birthday
16 November 2021

Afrikaans Wikipedia celebrated its 20th birthday on the 16th of November 2021. To mark the occasion Wikimedia South Africa will hosted a celebration for the Afrikaans Wikipedia editing community. The event included discussions on the growth of the Wiki over the years, challenges the Wiki faces, and possible solutions to continue the growth of the Wiki and its community. The event coincided with the publication of the 101,000th article on Afrikaans Wikipedia.

The event was organised by Deon Steyn from Board member of Wikimedia South Africa and in partnership with the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in Pretoria. Only about 20 people were invited to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Radio interview with Deon Steyn about the Afrikaans 20th birthday: Afrikaanse Wikipedia wil dieper spore trap.

Activity Report 2020

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18 September 2021
Wikimedia South Africa has just released our activity report for the period July 2020 to June 2021. You can learn more about the thirteen different activities we did in the past year. Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic slowed us down a bit but we were still able to organised and host a number of events that either grew the free knowledge movement or supported the editing activities of the Wiki editing community in South Africa. As always if you are interested in joining the chapter to help out with future projects and make free knowledge a reality in South Africa then please contact us.

Wikipedia’s 20th birthday party!

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13th January 2021

Wikipedia will be turning 20 this week on the 15 January and to celebrate a number of events have been organised both in South Africa and globally.

  • Wikimedia South Africa will be hosting an event on the 15 January at 13:00-14:00 SAST which is open to the community; details about that event and how to join can be found here.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation will be hosting a global event that will be broacast live at 18:00 on the 15 January, more about that event can be found here.
  • Finally Wikimedia South Africa will be presenting to the Cape Town Press Club on Wikipedia in South Africa at 12:00 on Tuesday 19 January, if you are interested in joining that event you can signup for it here.

Wikimedia South Africa will be celebrating this birthday by encouraging more people to edit and contribute their knowledge to Wikipedia in general and South African languages in particular. Today Wikipedia is available in almost 300 different languages including almost all official South African languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga. By editing Wikipedia you will be participating in the largest free knowledge movement in the world. Making it easier for people everywhere to learn more about important things that you are knowledgeable about.

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Activity Report 2019
Want to see what Wikimedia South Africa has been up to in 2019? Then check out our Activity Report 2019. In 2019 Wikimedia South Africa hosted 14 events that resulted in 873 new Wikipedia articles created, 15,800 articles edited, and 1,750 new references added by 414 project participants. These new articles and edited articles have been viewed 386 million times as of the 17 March 2020. If you are interested in joining the chapter to help out with future projects and make free knoweldge a reality in South Africa then please contact us.

Open Letter to President Ramaphosa

An open letter from Wikimedia South Africa to the President of South Africa. Wikimedia South Africa calls on the President to sign the Copyright Amendment Bill. We outline why we feel so strongly about this issue in the letter and how it helps free knowledge contributors in South Africa broadly and Wikipedia editors specifically. It is for these reasons that we feel signing the bill is strongly in the public interest.


His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa,
President, Republic of South Africa,
Union Buildings
Private Bag X1000,
South Africa

Date: 29 January 2020
Subject: Copyright Amendment Bill

Your Excellency,

I write today on behalf of Wikimedia South Africa, the volunteer driven non-profit chapter for South African Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, editors and free knowledge contributors. As volunteers in the Wikimedia movement, we understand the important role that access to knowledge plays in South Africans’ lives. This is why we have spent the last 6 years advocating for amendments to the South African copyright act which will allow South Africans to fully participate in free knowledge. These amendments now sit on your desk as a part of the Copyright Amendment Bill, and I ask today that you sign this bill into law.

One of the most important inclusions for free knowledge in this bill is the codifying of fair use in South Africa. Fair use, and its less expansive counterpart, fair dealing, have been adopted by countries around the world to empower their creators, educators, journalists, and innovators. Fair use, which allows for the use of a copyrighted work for certain specific social beneficial purposes like criticism, reporting, and education. One of the largest test markets for fair use is the United States, where citizens have been benefiting from these laws for years. Some examples of fair use in the United States include: critics using stills or clips from content they are criticizing; investigative reporters telling their stories using primary sources; and artists building their work on foundations laid by prior generations.

We understand that there have been criticisms around the inclusion of fair use in the Copyright Amendment Bill, with claims that the new bill means that South Africa cannot adequately protect foreign copyright interests. We respectfully disagree. A lack of fair use in our laws only serves to further a status quo where the rest of the world can freely use and benefit from the work of South African creators, but South Africans cannot do the same. Fair use, at its heart, protects publicly beneficial uses of copyrighted works. The introduction of fair use in this bill will simply allow South Africans to be better protected when they choose to use both domestic and foreign copyrighted works in their art, criticism, reporting, and research the way others have been doing across the globe for years. On Wikipedia, fair use plays an important role in contextualizing facts, and illuminating knowledge. At Wikimedia South Africa, we want South Africans to be able to share their knowledge with the world, and fair use is an important part of that.

We are also thrilled that the bill has included provisions which codify freedom of panorama in South Africa. Freedom of panorama is a copyright principle which allows for the photographing of artistic and architectural works in public spaces. Currently in South Africa, taking or sharing photographs of public spaces which contain statues or memorials are technically in violation of the author of that work’s copyright and could result in a lawsuit. This means that many markers of South Africa’s vibrant and important history legally cannot be shared by its own citizens online. Worse, because copyright lasts 50 years after the death of the author, no post-apartheid statues or monuments may be photographed and shared online legally in South Africa, leaving a literal blind spot in our nation’s visual history online. As Wikipedians, we understand the importance of documenting our history and sharing South Africa’s rich culture with the world, which is why we believe freedom of panorama is such an important inclusion in South Africa’s amended copyright law.

At Wikimedia South Africa, we are proud to share our knowledge of South Africa and its people with the world. The Copyright Amendment Bill will be a big step toward enabling Wikimedia South Africa and all South Africans to fully access, share, and participate in knowledge online. This is why we respectfully ask that you sign this bill into law.


Douglas Ian Scott

Wikimedia South Africa
8 Spin Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8000, South Africa

Group photograph of African Climate Change edit-a-thon participants.

African Climate Change edit-a-thon
  See also: African Climate Change edit-a-thon report on meta wiki
 See also: Youtube video about the event
 See also:File:Using Wikipedia to accelerate climate knowledge. Africa’s first edit-a-thon on climate change.webm

From the 6th to the 8th of August 2019 Wikimedia ZA co-hosted the African Climate Change edit-a-thon. The event was held in Cape Town in partnership with the climate change NGO South South North. The event saw 40 climate change experts and scientists from across Africa being trained how to edit Wikipedia and improve climate change related articles on Wikipedia. Three veteran South African Wikipedia editors were on hand to teach and coach the participants in the process of contributing to Wikipedia. The event was prompted by the lack of climate change related articles on Wikipedia related to Africa. Wikimedia ZA would like to thank all the organisations, individuals, and Wikipedia editors (both online and offline) for helping to make this event possible.

More information about the event can be found on meta.wikimedia at the Africa Climate Change edit-a-thon event page

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Copyright Amendment bill panel discussion

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Watch the event on YouTube here

ReCreate South Africa in partnership with Wikimedia ZA will be hosting a panel discussion on the impact of the South African Copyright Amendment Bill currently before parliament. The panel will consist of Copyright experts, legal scholars, civil society groups, and others who will be impacted by changes to copyright law. This panel discussion will feature:

Wikimedia ZA supports the current version of the Copyright Amendement bill before parliament as it contains allowances for both Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use.

Wikimedia ZA will be trying to steam the event over YouTube which can be seen live on the day at the link below.

Event details
The event will happen:

Refreshments and finger food will be served at the venue.

Wikimedia ZA group photograph at Wikimania with Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and Wikimedia Foundation ED Katherian Maher.

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Wikimania Cape Town 2018
Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town is now over. As host organisation Wikimedia ZA would like to thank everyone who attended and the many people who helped make this year's event such a success. We would like to give a very special thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation for the technical and financial support to make the event a reality as well as all of our event volunteers. We would also like to thank our event sponsors Interactive Africa, WikiHow and Google as well as supporting organisations such as Wesgro, Goethe Institute and the University of Cape Town.

During this year's Wikimania we welcomed around 700 attendees from 60 countries attending almost 80 presentations and an additional two days of pre-conference events and workshops. A total of 170 news stories in the foreign and local press reported on the event thereby greatly increasing awareness of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia community in South Africa. Exact numbers will be released when the Wikimania 2018 report is released.

Wikimedia ZA increased its membership by almost 40 new members. Wikimedia ZA is still an entirely volunteer organisation but after this event the need to further professionalise the chapter has become clearer to support a larger membership base and the many more organisational partnerships we have developed at the conference.

For a brief outline, filmed at Wikimania, on the theme of the 2018 event check out this video made by the Wikimedia Foundation: Wikimedia 2018: How do we bring free knowledge to everyone around the globe?

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