Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia South Africa/2019/annualplan

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This page describes the annul plan for 2019 of Wikimedia South Africa(WMZA).


The main goal of Wikimedia ZA is to diversify, augment and improve the content about South Africa on Wikimedia projects and to increase the contribution of South Africans in Wikimedia projects with a particular emphasis on expanding the diversity of South African editors whilst growing the community. This is outlined in WMZA's strategic plan 2019.

To achieve this goal, Wikimedia ZA has identified six priorities for 2019:

  • Increase chapter membership
  • Increase the public awareness of Wikipedia
  • Increase the range and quality of content on Wikipedia on South African subjects
  • Grow South African language Wikipedias
  • Entrench chapter capacity
  • Promote copyright reform

In order to achieve this WMZA has chosen two programs that reflect our theory of change.

  1. Outreach with possible partner organisations to effectively implement goal meeting projects such as South African language editathons or upload marathons that expand local content on Wikimedia projects.
  2. Chapter support for local editors to contribute to Wikimedia projects and participate in broader community.

As such all projects carried out by Wikimedia ZA will fall under one of these two program types. Their respective objectives supporting WMZA's six priorities.


SMART objectives for the Wikimedia ZA 2019 grant application.

SMART project matrix
Program type
Chapter support
Projects African









Wiki Loves


2019 ZA



Cape Town



Copyright reform advocacy Wikimania 2019 Scholarships WMZA

Corporate maturity

Specific Primary: encourage the growth of South African language Wikipedia communities

Secondary: Improving quality and number of articles on South African language Wikipedias

Focus languages: xh, zu, nso, tn, ts, st, ss, ve, nr

Improving quality and number of articles on Afrikaans Wikipedia Increase the number and the diversity of contributors from KZN on Wikimedia projects. Photographic competition to added African content on a specific topic to improve coverage of African free knowledge. Grow the South African free knowledge community and expand free knowledge content and awareness. Setup of technology to support local Kwix projects. Advocate for the adoption of Freedom of Panorama (FoP) and Fair Use in South African Copyright Law. No funding required or requested from the WMF. Internationalise the South African editor community. Strengthen international community contacts. Knowledge sharing with other chapters and editors internationally. Strengthen WMZA institutional capacity.
  • Articles Edited
  • Articles Created
  • New Editors
  • Growth in relevant language Wikipedia editor community (before program vs after program)
  • Articles Edited
  • Articles Created
  • Participant Editors
  • Public exposure
  • Program participation
  • Number of new possible partner organisations
  • Number of photographs submitted to Commons.
  • Number of project participants.
  • Number of Wikipedia articles using submitted content.
  • Encourage the development of open knowledge communities.
  • Promote the use of free knowledge resources.
  • Develop and disseminate free knowledge.
  • Grow the WMZA chapter.
Ability to update Kwix units in the greater Cape Town area via TV signals. Adoption of FoP and Fair Use into South African copyright law. Progress towards this goal if it is not reached within 2019. Send 2 South African Wikipedia/Wikimedia editors to attend Wikimania 2019. To be awarded to established editors who have never attended a Wikimania outside of South Africa before. On time reports, volunteer capacity, institutional capacity to hire an employee.
Achievable Discott, Bobbyshabangu, Puku Foundation Dumbassman Bobbyshabangu A3 Baard Discott, Bobbyshabangu, A3 Baard, Michaelgraaf, Dumbassman, YaguraStation, Greenman, Dagelf, University of Cape Town Michaelgraaf, Cape Town TV Discott Discott Dagelf, Discott, Bobbyshabangu
Realistic This is both a very difficult task and one we have no prior metrics to gauge possible impact on. From previous experience (2012) we know that this is a very difficult task.
  • 20 new editors
  • 100 articles created
  • 100 program participants
  • 2 language Wikipedias
  • Over 1000 articles edited
  • Over 150 articles created
  • Over 5 participant Editors
  • 20 new editors
  • 30 program participants
  • Two partner organisation meetings.
  • 400 submissions
  • 40 participants
  • 10 uses on Wikipedia.
  • 60 participants
  • 200 new articles
  • 600 edited articles
  • 10 new chapter members
Successful setup of technology to allow for remote Kiwix updates. Uncertain. WMZA has played a significant role in getting both FoP and Fair Use provisions included into the current draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill.
  • Award 2 scholarships to South African Wikimedia ZA editors.
  • Scholarship report from each scholarship recipient.
Growth of institutional capacity.
Time-related Year long, ongoing One month Two weeks One month Ongoing One day Ongoing Two months Ongoing

With certainty[edit]

Due to the large number of suggested projects and plans (17 in total) and a reliance on volunteers only it is unlikely that the chapter will be able to implement all proposed projects in the 2019 period. As such the chapter board and project implements will have to decided on the most promising projects.

However certain projects are already slated for certain implantation in 2019. These projects are outlined in the table below.

Time frame Project Notes
January to December WikiDesign An ongoing series of editathons amongst the design community.
January to December Copyright advocacy Amendments to the South African Copyright Act, calling for Freedom of Panorama and Fair Use.
 January to March 3 editathons At least 3 editathons hosted by board-members divided into teams of 3 people each. Focus on Cape Town and Johannesburg.
 May Kwa-ZuluNatal outreach Bobby to visit Kwa-ZuluNatal province to strengthen the local community there.
 July 2019 and Feb/March 2020 Scholarships To attend Wikimania 2019 (two attendees).
 To be determined Puku education outreach Education and African language outreach with the Puku Foundation.