Wikimedia South Africa/2020-AGM

Wikimedia ZA meeting minutes.


Wikimedia South Africa AGM 2020
Date: 28 November 2020
Time: 10:00 to 13:00 + 1 hour lunch intermission -> 14:00 return for board elections
Location: On your computer via Zoom, please register to join


Screenshot of the 2020 AGM attendees.
  • Douglas Scott - WMZA Chair 2020
  • Bobby Shabangu - WMZA Board 2020
  • Mohau Monaledi
  • Wynand Van der Walt - WMZA Board 2020
  • Nobantu Modise
  • Michael Graaf - WMZA Board 2020
  • Paul Conlin
  • Nikki Crowster - LIASA President
  • Unathi Ndiki
  • Gwinyai Masukume
  • Ian Gilfillan - WMZA Board 2020
  • Deon Steyn - WMZA Board 2020
  • Coenraad Loubser - WMZA Board 2020
  • Ingrid Thomson
  • Kekeletso Mafaladiso
  • Mohau Monaledi
  • Peter Meyer
  • Rossouw van Rooyen - WMZA Board 2020
  • Adri Loubser - WMZA Board 2020

Review of previous AGM 2019 minutes

Annual Report

  • What we did this year
  • Presentation by Douglas Scott
    • At WMZA chapter events, 443 editors were recorded as editing 15900 articles and creating 883 articles and uploading 1300 files to Commons. The SA Community has done a lot more, these figures only pertain to specific *Chapter programmes. The chapter ceased holding in-person activities because of covid.
    • Ingrid mentioned Wikimedia and #1lib1ref in Community of Practice under LIASA

Things to look forward to in 2021 - On presentation

  • Strategy, Diversity, others mentioned. (Pls update minutes from recording)
  • Nov 20, 2021 ATKV Afrikaans Wikipedia Birthday
TODO: add online editathons, and other activities to the report on meta
eg. Zulip editathons, thanks to Ian and Rossouw and others
Ontkiemingskompetieise - including ATKV with Prof Beukes and Pretorius, facilitated by Deon


  • Forward looking suggestions
    • GLAM & reGLAM - adding Research. Volunteer Thematic translation projects. Opportunity: Lack of cohesive strategy nationally.
      • We need to find a strategy to increase the numbers of African languages
      • Unathi: Need projects based on empowering rural communities.
      • Wynand: Suggest a wish list on our home page where everyone can add, including wishlist for analogue materials to be digitised (pending mandates)
      • Noted that purpose of appointing Administrator is to drive projects and free up more volunteer time.
      • Freedom of Panorama so we can upload more than just colonial era, but aslso new monuments
      • Awareness + Diversity: Wynand, Ingrid (and colleague Susanne Noll) have been having conversations/webinars about using Wikipedia (and sister projects) in Higher Education - esp around Africanisation
      • Conversations/Webinars in academic sector
    • Update on 5 year plan. What we discussed vs Where we are. Try to put hours against it
      • open access, science, education - LIASA programme that we can copy, LIASA has offered help
  • Free knowledge strategy discussion (update from recording pls)
  • Copyright advocacy activity report
    • Financials
    • Membership mailer - include updating commitment

Planned for next year

  • WMZA Grant for 2020/21
  • Strategic Partnerships - Moleskine, LIASA, Afrikaans Wiki and Akademie
  • Language Audit - Ask IAN to do this
  • Effect of COVID-19
  • WMF & international community events

Vote for 2021 Board

  • Douglas will be stepping down as a candidate for president for the 2021; but would like to put himself forward for board membership
  • Note that Deon will not be able to join, but is willing to be nominated in absencia for the Board of 2021

Election results

  • Bobby Shabangu is nominated, seconded and accepts - Bobby elected
  • Coenraad Loubser is nominated, seconded and accepts
  • Douglas Scott is nominated and seconded accepts
  • Deon Styen is nominated, seconded and accepts
  • Wynand Van Der Walt is nominated and seconded accepts
  • Nobantu Modise is nominated and accepts - Nobantu is elected
  • Delight Chipunza Ngonidzashe is nominated and seconded
  • Michael Graaf is nominated and seconded and accepts
  • Rossouw van Rooyen is nominated and seconded and accepts

President elections

  • Douglas nominates Bobby for president, Adri seconds. Bobby accepts.
  • No other candidates: Bobby is elected as Wikimedia South Africa chapter president

Date of next AGM

  • Align with financial year (attempt no 2)
  • Bobby suggestions Saturday the 25 September 2021, Douglas seconds that date. Date selected.