Grants:Project/Rapid/Celebrating 15 Years of the Afrikaans Wikipedia

WM ZA/Celebrating 15 Years of the Afrikaans Wikipedia
The Afrikaans Wikipedia is currently home to the second largest editing community in South Africa with just over 80 000 registered users. With a total count of just under 41 000 articles, it remains one of the faster growing Wikipedias in South Africa. In November 2016, this wiki turns 15 years old and we would like to take this opportunity to bring together members of this editing community to celebrate this milestone.
start date5 December
end date4 January
budget (local currency)ZAR 26,600.00
budget (USD)USD 1,915.20
grant typeWM ZA
granteeWikimedia ZA
contact(s)Oesjaar• Discott
website (if applicable)•

Project Goal


Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

Celebrating 15 years of editing the Afrikaans Wikipedia is, what we believe, an important milestone in not only engaging with existing stakeholders, but also recruiting new editors that share an interest in becoming part of the editing community. This project aims to bring together members of the Afrikaans editing community who have not previously had the opportunity to do so.

Project Plan




Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

We want to arrange this project to co-incide with the AGM of Wikimedia ZA which will be held in Cape Town in November 2016. Members from the Afrikaans community (along with others from other wikis) will be invited to attend both the AGM and a cocktail event in the afternoon. Basic logistics will fall within the scope of arrangements that have to be made for the AGM, and will only extend to additional flight and accommodation arrangements, as well as the cocktail party.

Various organisations (specifically established to promote the growth of Afrikaans) have expressed their interest in partnering with Wikimedia ZA to promote and support the event and birthday through various mediums such as radio, website traffic and newsprint.

A few organisations that we are currently in negotiations with are :

-Maroela Media
-Virtuele Instituut vir Afrikaans
-Radio Sonder Grense
-Die Groot Ontbyt

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

The event will be advertised on the Afrikaans Wkipedia through the talk portal.

As mentioned above, we will also be partnering with the organisations to promote the event and birthday through various platforms and media.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

This grant, if successful, will provide opportunities for members of the Afrikaans editing community (from other parts of South Africa, not limited to Cape Town City) to attend the AGM and birthday celebrations. As a chapter, Wikimedia ZA has, in the past, mainly focused on promoting and supporting the en.wikipedia editing community. Over the last couple of years, the chapter has spent time focusing on reaching out to members of this smaller language Wikipedia. We believe that birthday celebration will be an opportunity for the chapter to reach out to Afrikaans speaking individuals and provide them with the opportunity to become part of the vision of expanding this small language wiki. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that the Afrikaans wiki is used as a source of information for all Afrikaans speaking individuals in SA. Through specific outreach to the Afrikaans community, we are confident that we will increase the small number of editors currently on board.



How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

  • Number of total participants
We envisage to include a minimum of 10 editors from the Afrikaans Community
  • Number of articles created or improved (if applicable)
Not Applicable
  • Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable)
Not Applicable
  • Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable)
Not Applicable

The infographic below reflects some interesting information related to the af.wikipedia.




What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • All logistical arrangements will be handled by Wikimedia ZA
  • There is a possible collaboration with Wikimedia Netherland
  • Partners will assist with promoting the event and birthday through various platforms
  • We are in discussions with partners to co-sponsor the event

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

  • Funding for travel
  • Funding for accommodation
  • Funding for catering for the cocktail evening



Calculations based on exchange rate dated 3 October 2016 taken from Oanda Currency Converter

Nr Qty Description Cost per Unit Amount Requested (ZAR) Amount Requested (USD)
1 2 Flights from various destinations in South Africa (and possibly Namibia) 3 500.00 7 000.00 504
2 2 Single Accommodation x 1 evening (bed and breakfast) 1 850.00 3 700.00 266.40
3 2 Travel Agent Fee 350.00 700.00 50.40
4 30 Cocktail Party - Catering 340.00 10 200.00 734.40
5 1 Contingencies 5 000.00 5 000.00 360.00
TOTAL 26,600.00 1 915.20




  • Volunteer Co-organiser Discott (talk) 13:31, 20 October 2016 (UTC)