Newsletter 2

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Volume 2
30 October 2021

This is the second newsletter that Wikimedia South Africa has prepared. These newsletters are intended to keep the community of Wiki volunteers updated on events important to the Wiki movement in South Africa and relevant to the South African chapter.


WMZA Annual General Meeting

A screenshot of all the attendees of the Wikimedia South Africa AGM for 2020

Wikimedia ZA hosted its annual general meeting on 25 September 2021. The annual general meeting was a virtual meeting. We had the opportunity of being joined by then the newly appointed Wikimedia Foundation CEO Mayrana Iskander. The Chapter got an opportunity to get acquainted with her as well her with Wikimedia ZA volunteer community that makes projects like Wikipedia happen. The AGM itself had a great number of attendees. At every AGM a new board is appointed and this is how the new board of Wikimedia ZA of 2021 to 2022 looks like:

  • Bobby Shabangu: President
  • Douglas Ian Scott
  • Wynand van der Walt
  • Deon Steyn
  • Coenraad Loubser
  • Michael Graaf
  • Nobantu Modise
  • Sincerity (MaQueen) Lawrence
  • Duduzile Khethiwe Marais
  • Delight Chipunza

The AGM was a success and a date for the next AGM was proposed for the 21st of October 2021.

Afrikaans Wikipedia

100 000 Article Milestone
The Afrikaans Wikipedia is an Afrikaans edition of the web-based free-content encyclopedia Wikipedia. The project was started on 16 November 2001 and was the 11th Wikipedia to be created. In December 2016 it was the 84th largest Wikipedia by a number of articles. Apart from South Africa and Namibia the Afrikaans Wikipedia is used and maintained by users in Europe, North America, and Oceania. As of September 2020, it was the largest African Language and the 70th-largest language version of Wikipedia.

Afrikaans Wikipedia has grown from strength to strength since its founding. It started with just over 91,000 articles in June 2020 and finished with almost 99,000 articles by the end of June 2021- a growth of 8,000 articles! The lockdown undoubtedly added to this growth as the users had lots of spare time! The main recent focus area has been Fynbos with approximately 2000 articles newly created. Articles have covered the provincial and regional routes were also created; in total 228 routes were created. Afrikaans Wikipedia has also started creating articles about the SA Navy, this is still ongoing.

On the 8th of September 2021, the Afrikaans Wikipedia reached a huge milestone when it reached its 100,000 articles, noting User:Spesbona who wrote the 100,000th article. This has been a huge success in the editing world of Wikipedia and now today the articles are sitting on an amazing 100,268 articles. Wikimedia South Africa would love to congratulate every volunteer who contributes with their editing to the Afrikaans Wikipedia who has made this milestone possible.

Wikimedia Ambassador Search

Wikimedia ZA (South Africa) Chapter is on the hunt for ambassadors for different South African language groups. Our appointed ambassadors will be responsible for initiating and carrying out various tasks to help create brand awareness for our passionate movement and help recruit more users to contribute to wiki in various South African languages. [1]If you know you are about languages and would like to contribute to the initiative or you know someone who would love to be part of the movement please see the link for the application.

Afrocuration South Africa Event

A founding member of @wikimediaigbo and also a Wikipedian in Residence at Moleskine Foundation working on the WikiAfrica Education project Tochi Precious,

Tochi Precious pioneered the last AfroCuration on 4th and 5th September in Mozambique where he worked with the WMF Language Team to get the Makhuwa language Wikipedia into the incubator. They had over 70 participants and have created over 120 articles since then. She will be running her next program in S.A, with Constitution Hill and Harambee on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2021.

Volunteers are encouraged to partake and volunteer with their time on this project. This project will train new editors to edit our language Wikipedia, and also mentor them to become part of our user group and also knowledge contributors in our language on Wiki. AFROCURATION SOUTH AFRICA, INFORMATION FOR WIKIMEDIANS Basic SetUp We are using the Zoom platform for AfroCuration South Africa. The Zoom technicalities of accepting participants and sharing slides will be handled by MAMA (an events management agency) - The program starts on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday. - You have been sent a calendar invitation from Please kindly check your email. - You will be helping to train participants on how to create articles on Wikipedia. This means you would need to share your screen in your breakout room for them to see how you’re doing it. - You have been assigned a breakout room. Each breakout room consists of 2 experienced Wikimedians and 10 participants. This is to avoid interruptions caused by network and also reduce burn-outs of our dear Wikimedians. The different breakout rooms assigned can be found here (It’s still being updated): [2] ASSIGNED BREAKOUT ROOM - The Agenda [3] for the day can be accessed here: Please take a look AGENDA - The event starts at 9:30a.m South African time and 8:30 a.m. Nigerian time. - Please feel free to email Tochi on or WhatsApp +2348121031977 if you have any questions or concerns.

Volunteer Engagement

Wikimedia projects are made by volunteers. Editors contribute new articles and improve current articles. Developers write and debug the code that makes the wikis go. Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums share their collections and expertise. All of us have the knowledge to share. Here’s how to join our global community. Volunteers can Join the Wikimedia South Africa chapter and: Get involved as a Wikipedia editor [4]; consider editing a South African language version of Wikipedia such as Afrikaans, isiXhosa, or isiZulu [5]. Join or plan an edit-a-thon Find your local Wikimedia community Upload images to Commons [6] Galleries, libraries, archives, and museum

We are looking forward to having as many African editors contributing to our WMZA chapter with their knowledge with the aim of growing the African Wikipedia

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