Wikimedia South Africa/Board Meeting/25 August 2020


  • Adri
  • Michael
  • Ian
  • Bobby
  • Deon
  • Wynand
  • Rossouw
  • Coenraad


  • Douglas

Update on Puleng Kekana from the National Archives

  • Bobby has made contact and explained that WMZA is interested in working with them. He was enthusiastic and asked for suggestions on possible collaborations. Bobby has requested a list of images and possible assets that can be uploaded to Commons
  • Another meeting has been scheduled for Thursday.
  • Feedback from Wynand:
  • Suggestion that we keep an eye on this list and see where we can feed this into WikiCommons and WikiData.
  • Comment from Michael:
  • AFLIA (African Federation of Library * Information Associations) is looking for a Wikipedian in residence and that could also be a good person for Bobby and Puleng to talk to.

Update on Hack your culture from Goethe

  • Feedback from Michael: We had a meeting with the consultant engaged in running the process. He has brought up the topic of previous colabs with SADILAR (SA Language Resources).
  • From Bobby: The institute will be holding a hackathon and are looking for a few speakers. We need to identify two people (Bobby included) to be part of the round table discussions.
  • Bobby has recommended hosting 1-2 Wikipedia workshops as part of this hackathon.
  • Michael suggests contacting Reuben (Wiki Editor) incase he is interested in being part of the discussions

Update on the Maroela media issue/ meeting with lawyers from WMF

  • Douglas to feedback on this

Update on Iziko, LGBTQ+ edit workshop

  • New WMF member (trust and safety team) that knows someone at Iziko (Tsegofatso) and has suggested that we host an edit workshop focusing on LGBTQ+ issues.
  • Bobby has contacted Tsegofatso from Iziko. Dates to be decided. TBC - December.
  • The WMZA and Iziko platforms will be used to advertise this event.
  • If any boardmembers know LGBTQ+ community members, names to be shared with Bobby so that they can be invited.
  • Wynand suggests that Iziko starts by rewriting their Wiki page as a starting point. Specifical items missing:
    • Additional citations needed.
    • Historical additions needed.
    • Director's name missing
  • Bobby and Ian reminds that they should not be editing their own page as there is a conflict of interest.

Update on the hiring process of the service provider

  • Please share ideas of where we can post our opening
  • What email address should we use for applications?
  • Douglas to come up with questions
  • Remuneration to be confirmed - R200 - R300 per hour.
  • Days to be confirmed. So far 2.5 days a week.
  • Adri to setup a catchup for the committee on Thursday & look at costs for advertising

Choose Items on Grant application which will be standing agenda items


Update feedback required on research award - Wynand


Decolonize the Internet competition. (Goethe)

  • A competition has been organised.
  • 3 x workshops have been run along with the Goethe Institute.
  • Next step: 3 x Winners to be select.
  • The due date has been extended. Bobby needs to run an advertisement on social media.
  • Rossouw has written two articles as part of the competition but has not seen any adverts around this. A communication strategy

Communication and social media channels, infrastructure


Communication Strategy? We should have one ;) Part of the new assistant's job would be to advertise all activities and put a strategy in place to increase our membership, e.g. "Like our page" ads

From 11 August to 25 August:

  • Twitter: 1604 followers -> 1609
  • Facebook (English): 983 follows (895 likes) -> 984 (896)
  • Facebook (Afrikaans): 664 members -> 663
  • Mailing list (Afrikaans): 315 members. Suspect most are fake, aol addresses, little valid activity for years -> 316
  • Mailing list (English): 257 members -> 258
  • Instagram 179 Followers -> 180
  • Meetup: 130 members -> 130
  • YouTube: 52 subscribers -> 52
  • Zulip: 30 users -> 34


  • Liasa Wikipedia Community of Practice (CoP) -> 38 members (this is a closed entity)

Next online meetup: Sat 26 September (Dumi has been invited and has accepted)