Year Report 2016

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Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015–16

This report describes the activities of Wikimedia South Africa during Fiscal Year 2015–16, covering the period from October 2015 through November 2016.

This fiscal year, we continued our outreach to organizations in the Washington, DC area, holding events focusing on various topics, including groups underrepresented on Wikipedia. We awarded grants to likeminded individuals, groups, and organizations that help advance the Wikimedia mission throughout the United States. These programs are our strengths, and our growing network of individuals and organizations places us in a position for continued organizational growth.


In November 2014, the Wikimedia ZA Board of Directors held a strategy planning meeting and defined three strategic priorities for the organisation:

  • Professionalise and Diversify
  • Build Membership Base
  • Support the local editing community
  • Outreach

Professionalisation was put on hold due to the unsuccessful application of an Annual Grant in 2014/15. This has been reactivated somewhat with the planned application for a Small Annual Grant from the foundation to fund the employment of a few, part-time, key personal. Most importantly a book keeper to keep track of expenses. Service to the local editing community was enhanced through a better understanding of it through the survey conducted of the community in June/July 2015, this also resulted in an increase in the number of people resistered on the chapter's mailing list. Roughly 400 Wikipedia editors filled out the survey.

In November 2015 the chapter reviewed the strategy moving forward reiterated the need for enhancing diversity, engage in outreach activities, and increase general awareness of the chapter as well as Wikipedia editing.

At the end of the 2015–16 fiscal year, Wikimedia ZA had 19 registered members, with over 600 members on the chapter's facebook page, and 263 people on the chapter's mailing list.


Chapter activities 2015–16


Art Feminism

African Metal

Primary School

Ongoing edit-a-thons


Wiki From Above

Wikimedia ZA conducted its second Wiki From Above aerial photographic competition ran from April 2016 to August 2016. The first competition was conducted in 2015.

At total of 84 aerial images were submitted by 16 participants with 53.6% of all submitted images being used on 70 Wikipedia pages.

The grant application for Wiki From Above 2016 can be seen [here Grants:Project/Rapid/Wiki From Above 2016].

Kiwix & Sinenjongo High School



Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015–16

As of 4 October 2016 Wikimedia ZA had a total of R117,726.67 in its account.

The fill financial report for Wikimedia ZA for the year ended 30 June 2015 compiled by Braude Gordon & Co. can be seen ] here (File:2015 AFS Wikimedia ZA - 24 05 2016 (1).pdf).

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