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WM ZA/Kaapedia 2015
Based on the success of Joburgpedia this project aims to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic buildings around Cape Town City Centre with historic and heritage importance.
targetWikimedia ZA and support to local languages
strategic priorityIncreasing Reach, Increasing Participation
start date1 February
start year2015
end date31 March
end year2015
budget (local currency)ZAR 65 000.00
budget (USD)USD 5 792.07
grant typeOrganisation
non-profit statusYES
contact(s)• douglas.i.scott(_AT_)• Thuvack
organization• Wikimedia South Africa
Proposed Logo for Kaapedia 2015


Since the inception of Joburgpedia, we have had several enquiries from stakeholders in Cape Town who would like to hold a similar event in Cape Town. Cape Town has a rich diversity of cultural buildings and a group of heritage enthusiasts who are keen to get involved with this project.


The focus of this project is to increase Wikipedia coverage of iconic building around Cape Town City Centre with historic and heritage importance. This project aims to build on the success of Joburgpedia.



March 2015

- Meeting with stakeholders
- Selection of 20 heritage sites
- Start Marketing campaign
- Source QR plaques
- Round up volunteers to assist with project
- Ensure that there are Wikipedia references for each site

April 2015

- Launch of project
- Introduction to project in schools
- UCT heritage walk
- Installation of plaques
- Training workshops with custodians of plaques

May 2015

- Follow up meetings
- Track retention and activity


This pilot project aims to install QR codes next to existing heritage Western Cape plaques at 20 selected sites throughout the City. The sites will be decided on in consultation with Heritage Western Cape making use of the current list of heritage sites in the Western Cape.


Fit with strategy[edit]

This project meets a number of mission targets for Wikimedia strategic plan (through 2015). They are outlined below:

Increasing reach[edit]

Increasing Wikimedia's reach in the Global South is one of the salient points of Vision 2015. South Africa is crucial to this objective, as a key African hub. This project has met with great success in Johannesburg and we have received requests to implement it in Cape Town as well.


The potential of this project to increase participation is significant. Extensive focus will be put into creating lasting contacts with heritage enthusiasts in Cape Town whilst building off our relations with heritage organisations we know from the Wiki Loves Monuments competitions.


Wikimedia Commons has a very poor representation of Cape Town heritage sites. The available images are of moderate to acceptable quality. This project aims to improve the coverage of these heritage sites on commons and Wikipedia projects especially small languages.


The involvement of local authoritities, heritage societies as partners we will be able to improve our credibility as a chapter and movement in handling such important issues as heritage and historical sites documentation.


This project will benefit the following online communities
English Wikipedia
Afrikaans Wikipedia
Zulu Wikipedia
Xhosa Wikipedia
Sotho Wikipedia
Xitsonga Wikipedia
Setswana Wikipedia

Measures of success[edit]

We will consider this project a success if we can:

  • Increase the number of quality articles about heritage sites in Cape Town on English Wikipedia
  • Create new quality articles about heritage sites in Cape Town
  • Encourage participation of Heritage Western Cape
  • Promote participation in Wiki Loves Monuments
  • Possible inclusion of UCT heritage Sites
  • Encourage additional local Wikimedians to join the Wikimedia ZA chapter and get involved in this outreach project. At least have 5 members who join

For us as a small chapter, this project is crucial to sustaining our presence and relevance in the heritage sector as we seek to establish lasting ties with natural stake holders in this area. We would also see this as an opportunity to build on the success of Joburgpedia.

Resources and risks[edit]


Team members

Douglas Scott Discott
Dumisani Ndubane Thuvack
Theresa Hume Humetheresa

This grant is effectively an extension of:

Joburgpedia 2013

Joburgpedia 2014



Budget breakdown[edit]

Description Requested Funds (ZAR) Requested Funds (USD)
Qty Rate Total (ZAR) Rate Total (USD) Notes
1.1 Event Launch 1 1 10 000.00 1 934.87
1.2 Printed project matter 1 1 10 000.00 1 934.87
1.3 Press Kits 1 1 10 000.00 1 934.87
1.4 Incidental Costs & Contingencies 1 1 5 000.00 1 467.43
1.5 Project Management 1 1 10 000.00 1 934.87
1.6 Catering 1 1 5 000.00 1 467.43
1.7 Advertising & Marketing 1 1 10 000.00 1 934.87
TOTAL BILL 60 000.00 5 609.21

Budget Summary[edit]

Grantees are subject to line-item scrutiny of expenses. Changes to the approved budget beyond 10% in any category must be approved in advance.

Total project budget
ZAR 60 000.00 or $5 609.21 rounded total as calculated to be R10.70/1USD on 02/07/2014 using latest exchange rates.
Total amount requested
ZAR 60 000.00 or $5 609.21 rounded total as calculated to be R10.70/1USD on 02/07/2014 using latest exchange rates.
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Non-financial requirements[edit]



The following Organisation has expressed an interest in assisting us undertake this project:

Western Cape Heritage

Possible other partners :

Cape Town Heritage Trust
Department of Economic Development and Tourism
Western Cape Provincial Government
Cape Town Tourism
Cape Town Partnership


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