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Upcoming Events

Wiki Loves Monuments has organised a number of events during the month of September. If you are interested in submitting photographs to Wiki Loves Monuments, then please join us.

Cape Town V&A Waterfront

20 September 2014: V&A Waterfront Scavenger Hunt and Upload Marathon

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Clock Tower Vida e Caffé, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Join us for a leisurely monument scavenger hunt starting and ending at the Clock Tower Vida e Caffé at the V&A Waterfront to photograph nearby monuments. We will meetup where we started at 1:00pm where we will be on hand to help people upload and submit their photographs to the competition. You can find a list of monuments in the area at the link here.

Simon's Town station

24 September 2014 (Heritage Day): Wikitakes Simon's Town

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Simons Town Train Station, Cape Town
On Heritage Day we will be meeting for a monument scavenger hunt in Simon's Town to photograph nearby monuments and Jubilee Square. You can find a list of monuments in the Simon's Town area at the link here. Participants will be welcome to also join the Simon's Town Museum Heritage Day programme, which will consist of a procession from the Simon’s Town station, to the Forced Removals Monument, at Jubilee Square, the laying of a wreath, speeches and a procession back to the Museum for lunch. We will meetup after lunch at the Simon's Town Museum for an upload marathon to help people upload and submit their photographs to the competition.


27 September 2014: Wikitakes Franschhoek

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Old Library, Franschhoek
Join us for a leisurely monument scavenger hunt at the Old Library, Franschhoek to photograph nearby monuments. We will meetup where we started at 1:00pm where we will be on hand to help people upload and submit their photographs to the competition. You can find a list of monuments in the area at the link here.

Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 - Scavenger Hunts

Rust en Vreugd 2014

The first Wiki Loves Monuments Scavenger hunt in Cape Town took place over the weekend!

The following sites were photographed :

  • The Castle of Good Hope - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0056
  • Cape Town City Hall - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0115
  • Old Drill Hall, Darling Street (Now the Central Library building) - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0113
  • 71 Roeland Street (Where the Book Lounge is located) - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0085
  • Tafelberg Dutch Reformed Church, Buitenkant Street - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0102
  • Rust en Vreugd, Buitenkant Street - SAHRA-ID: 9/2/018/0100

More hunts have been planned for this month :

  • Saturday, 20 September - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Saturday, 27 September - Franschhoek

The aim of these 'hunts' are to photograph key monuments located in these areas. Please do come and join us!

Wiki Loves Monuments 2014

Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments kicks off on 1 September 2014. This photographic competition is designed to increase the content of historical heritage sites in South Africa, onto Wikipedia. It is officially the largest photo contest in the world!

The competition invites members of the public to submit photographs of monuments throughout the month of September, which is also heritage month in South Africa. Whether it is a photograph of a building, sites of struggle and memory, graves, monuments or archaeological sites, we are happy to receive your submission.

All photographs are uploaded through the Wiki Loves Monuments portal on Wikimedia Commons, which you can access on the site during September. All photographs are donated to the Creative Commons with a standard CC BY-SA 3.0 copyright, which means that everyone in the world can use and enjoy the photographs freely. Your photograph could be used on Wikipedia!

1st Prize  : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 10 000.00

2nd Prize  : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 6 500.00

3rd Prize  : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 4 000.00

Other Categories :

Best Proposed Monument  : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 3 000.00

2nd Best Proposed Monument  : Vouchers from ORMS to the value of R 1 500.00

This competition will be launched in Johannesburg on Saturday, 30 August 2014

For more information and how to enter, please visit the website

GLAM Project - Our Wikipedian in Residence

Johannesburg, New Library Cuthberts Building Johannesburg Natal Bank Building

Our Wikipedian in Residence, Bobby has been very busy at the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation with our project to digitise and upload important historical documents.

These are just some of the stubs that have been created so far :

Arop House

Astor Mansions

Cuthberts Building

Johannesburg Trades Hall

Johannesburg City Hall

Kerk Street Mosque

Natal Bank Building

Rand Club Building

National Bank Building

Victory House

Standard Bank Centre

Standard Bank Building

Consolidated Building

Ansteys Building

Johannesburg City Library

Let's help Wikipedia by expanding on these articles.

Wikimania 2014

Group Photo

Wikimania 2014 took place in London from 6 - 10 August 2014.

For more information on the activities of this annual event of the Wikimedia movement, please visit the following sites :

Daily Summary page

Visit the category in Commons

Open Book Festival - South African Authors on Wikipedia

There has been a great push in recent years to encourage Africans to tell their own stories in the best way they know how. The result has been a burst of creative and wonderful expression. Wikipedia is undoubtedly one of the world’s most credible sources of information, but the sad fact is that most of the content on Wikipedia pertaining to South Africa, and the continent in general, is curated by people from outside the continent.

This year’s Open Book Festival seeks to change this. We are organising a Wikipedia Edit–a Thon focused on South African Literature.

The sole aim of this series of events will be to provide Wikipedia pages for as many South African authors as possible. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to be a part of creating knowledge and crafting history.

We are looking for contributors to take part in this exciting project by volunteering to research, compile and upload content onto Wikipedia. This will happen at various stages/events.

Build up events - 29 August and 5 September

These events will be aimed at beefing up entries for authors already on Wikipedia, and creating a buzz around the main event.

Edit-a-thon – 21 September

This event will take place during the festival. Contributors will upload their pre-approved content and people from countries around the world will also be encouraged to upload content at the same time. At the same time, there will be a live discussion about the content.

For more information, please contact Douglas Scott or Theresa Hume.

Appointment to FDC

Dumisani Ndubane

Dumisani, the Chapter's President, has been appointed as a member of the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) for a term beginning on 11 July 2014 and continuing for two years.

The goal of the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) is to help make decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve Wikimedia’s mission, vision, and strategy. During the Wikimedia Conference 2012 in Berlin, the Board of Trustees resolved to create the FDC as a body that would advise the Board on how to divide and disseminate movement funds between the different movement groups, including the Foundation itself, on a no entitlement basis.

We wish Dumi every success with his appointment.

Western Cape GLAM

All the participant librarians from across Cape Town busy making edits and learning how it is done.

The Western Cape Libraries edit-a-thon is a GLAM edit-a-thon hosted by Wikimedia ZA in partnership with LIASA (Library and Information Association of SA) to improve the content, quality and number of artifices on libraries in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Whilst also encouraging librarians in the province to contribute and edit Wikipedia.

The edit-a-thon invites librarians to write articles on Wikipedia about their respective libraries or libraries or other literary related organisations that they are involved in.

On Saturday, 12 July 2014, WMZA hosted the first of three edit-a-thons.

Further edit-a-thons will also be held on 19 and 26 July.

For more information on the first edit-a-thon, please visit Western Cape Libraries Edit-a-Thon

WikiIndaba 2014

Indaba 2014

See also WikiIndaba 2014

Wiki Indaba was a 3 day gathering of African Wikimedians and other open knowledge volunteers in Johannesburg, South Africa from 20 - 22 June 2014.

To view some of the topics discussed, please visit the Wiki Indaba page on Meta

To watch some of our video uploads, please visit our YouTube Channel

A special thanks to all participants from across Africa who have attended the event. Also a big thank you to the Wikimedia Foundation and the UK Chapter for their support.

Joburgpedia Writing Contest


Want to become part of a project that aims to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Johannesburg with historic and heritage importance?

Then enter our Joburgpedia Writing Contest and you / your school can win a cash prize of R 5 000.00

This competition runs for a period of 2 months from June to July 2014, and is open to residents of Gauteng, as well as schools who wish to participate as a team.

Articles, judged on quality and completeness, should focus on a Johannesburg Heritage Site of choice and can be submitted in English or a local language of choice.

Articles must be submitted online via Wikipedia. Participants are required to open an account (create a username, which is free of charge) and write their articles online. To submit an entry, simply send your username to so that we can access your article.

Guidelines on writing your article can be found at Article Assessment

The quality of the article must conform to Class B and above with the following minimum requirements:

- The article must be suitable referenced with inline citations where necessary
- The article reasonably covers the topic and does not contain omissions or inaccuracies
- The article has a defined structure
- The article is reasonably well-written.
- The article contains supporting materials where appropriate.
- The article presents its content in an appropriately understandable way.

For more information, please contact:

Theresa Hume

Or visit Joburgpedia

Our Wikipedian in Residence

Our first Wikipedian in Residence

Wikimedia ZA is pleased to announce the appointment of Bobby Shabangu as our first Wikipedian in Residence.

Bobby will be hosted by the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and will commence with activities on 2 June 2014.

For more information on this Institution, please visit Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

We are very excited about this initiative and look forward to seeing the digitised archives on Wikipedia!

Other Projects

The South African chapter has a few exiting projects planned for the year ahead!

Wiki Loves Monuments 2014
See also Wiki Loves Monuments ZA webpage

For the 2014 Wiki Loves Monuments we plan to focus less on the quantity of images submitted, and more on increasing the number participants and quality of submitted photographs. We will still encourage people to submit any and all photographs they might wish to submit of monuments (both registered and proposed), but we will also seek to better inform people outside of the Wiki-movement about this competition.

New audiences of particular focus to us in 2014 are photographers (both professional and hobbyists) and students (particularly college and university students).

Our newest competition partner, Orms, has very strong links with the photographic community in South Africa, and has agreed to lend their support in helping to publicise this event. So far we have also connected with a few teachers at universities and colleges about building Wiki Loves Monuments into their courses, and informing their students of the event. We also want to connect with photographic societies both at institutions of learning, as well as ones dedicated to hobbyists and professionals.

The Chapter encourages translation and collaboration into the local languages of South Africa. At present, isiXhosa only holds a total of 168 articles on Wikipedia. The aim is to increase this number dramatically by encouraging translation efforts through various Universities and organisations.

GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums)
This initiative aims at assisting cultural institutions to share their resources with the world through collaborative projects with experienced Wikipedia editors. This produces open-access, freely-reusable content to the public. The South African Chapter aims to collaborate with various museums around the country, to facilitate the digital upload of important historical documents for future use by others around the world.


Joburgpedia is a success story that showcases Wikimedia South Africa's efforts to work together with local organisations and government. With the support the City of Johannesburg, the Joburgpedia project was designed to increase exposure of iconic historical sites in the city.

Joburgpedia was initially launched as a pilot project, covering twelve strategic sites, with plans to expand next year. Coverage of these sites has seen an increase on Wikipedia articles edited in indigenous languages, particularly in the case of the Gandhi House in Orchards, showing the immense potential this kind of project can have, both in terms of increase coverage of our heritage, but also in providing content in African languages.

Modelled on MonmouthpediA the project installed, high quality, durable Quick Response code (QR) tiles next to the blue historical plaques installed by the City of Johannesburg. When a user scans the code with a smartphone, the Wikipedia article related to the heritage site is displayed in the language the phone is set to.

Featured Event

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:

Event Planner


  • 20 - 10:00 - WLM Scavenger Hunt - V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • 20 - 20:00 - Open Book Festival - Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, Fugard Annexe 1
  • 24 - 10:30 - Simon's Town - Heritage Day Festival
  • 27 - Final Joburgpedia Event - ConHillEdu
  • 27 - 10:00 - WLM Scavenger Hunt - Franschhoek


  • 1 - Wikimedia ZA AGM
  • 1 - Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 Award Ceremony

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