Wikimedia South Africa/Board Meeting/28 May 2019

Wikimedia ZA Board meeting - 28 May 2019



  • Adri
  • Douglas
  • Ian
  • Michael
  • Coenraad
  • Bobby


  • Deon
  • Raymond



Previous minutes

  • Wiki Loves Africa - Adri's internal report 90% done, social media followup done
  • Wikimania 2019 - Bobby and Douglas were to follow up on selecting judges, no feedback yet, Douglas to follow up

Application for funding progress.

  • Largely done, Douglas signed docs a few days ago
  • Few more details needed around KZN roadshow
  • Bobby confirms its a repeat of last-years figures
  • Expected funds arrive beginning of June
  • Bobby and Douglas together to complete details

Bobby going to Germany for a Goethe institute conference

  • Bobby attended Goethe Institute's AGM
  • They were looking to better align better with outside organisations, WMZA was only one present
  • Bobby presented there on Decolonising the Internet (Wikimania presentation)
  • Goethe asked Bobby to repeat presentation in Germany - focus on inclusion and diversity, how we view the internet
  • Bobby presenting in Berlin on Tuesday next week
  • Bobby planning to blog on experience
  • Douglas will be in Berlin the week after, offers to do any followups if needed

Survey for Wikipedia ZA


Communication and social media channels, infrastructure

  • We are still hosting with 1-grid, fees paid annually in advance, so no pressing need to change right now
  • Can look at this closer to the end of our contract (Oct/Nov)
  • Twitter: 1407 followers
  • Facebook (English): 957 follows (904 likes)
  • Mailing list (Afrikaans): 312 members. Suspect most are fake, aol addresses, no valid activity for years
  • Facebook (Afrikaans): 309 members
  • Mailing list (English): 284 members
  • Meetup: 85 members
  • Youtube: 47 subscribers
  • Zulip: 13 users

Hackathon update

  • Sentech have come on board, broadcasting Wikipedias (part of the unused frequency will be used to send out offline files - Kiwix/Sentech)
  • All on track, should have date soon


  • Douglas going to Madrid for advocacy conference (no agenda yet)
  • Rhodes university event, Deon and Rossouw both confirmed, intros done, will be in early July
  • Cape Town Meetup happening 2 June, R1500 snacks budget approved
  • Bobby and Dumi have met Puku, a followup Puku event to be organised. Puku wanted to go big with training their writers - will start small with edit workshop. Bobby to followup
  • 1 lib 1 ref good feedback, going ahead on own steam

Next Meeting

  • Tue 11 June 7pm