WM ZA/Activity Report 2020-21
This report outlines and summarises the activities that Wikimedia South Africa (WMZA) has conducted from July 2020 to June 2021. This period covers the 2020/21 simple annual grant period awarded to WMZA by the Wikimedia Foundation. The year 2020 and 2021 was an unusual time for WMZA. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting nation wide (so some extent world wide) lockdown prevented the chapter from engaging any face-to-face activities. Since many of the largest budget requests and line items in the 2019/20 grant were for events that have been canceled due to the pandemic it is highly unlikely that these funds will be spent in this financial year. Although the pandemic has greatly disrupted normal chapter activities
- See also: Wikimedia ZA WMF 2020 grant
This section covers the period from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. This is the first half of the 2020/21 grant period.
Online community meetups
Following on from the first half of 2020 online community meetups, hosted by WMZA, continued to be held for the South African Wikipedia community. Meetings were held in July, August and September but were replaced in November by the AGM whilst no meetups were held in October and December.
Edit Your Pride Iziko 2020
- See also: Edit Your Pride Edit-a-thon
On 17 October 2020 Wikimedia South Africa co-hosted the Edit Your Pride event with the Iziko Museums system. The focus of the project was to address issues relating to the editorial representation of queer artists and cultural practitioners working on the African continent. The first event of this initiative was a virtual edit-a-thon event hosted by the Iziko South African National Gallery in celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride month 2020. This virtual edit-a-thon joined the existing global initiatives which engage with the under-representation of queer artists and cultural practitioners on Wikipedia and encourage editorship for African queer communities. A number of existing and new Wikipedian joined the event, where we learnt about editing Wikipedia, and collectively edited existing pages and created new articles for those working in the queer community. This initiative is ongoing, please feel free to join us in addressing these issues by creating or editing Wikipedia articles about queer artists, cultural producers, and organisations.
The Share Your Narrative with Global Shapers UKZN was hosted on 14 November 2020. The event sought to increase African content on Wikipedia by focusing on themes that celebrate the African heritage as well as notable Africans. The University of KwaZulu-Natal was the event host partner. Only one event was run in 2020 with another event expected to be held in 2021.
Hack Your Culture
- See also: Hack Your Culture
The Hack Your Culture event was held in partnership with the Goethe Institute in South Africa. Wikimedia South Africa ran an edit workshop in support of the event.
African language support
The main event during the first half of this period was the Afocuration event described below.
Afrocuration December 2020
In December 2020 WMZA worked with the newly formed Dagbani Wikimedians User Group and the Moleskine Foundation to host the second Afrocuration event in December 2020. Afocruation was a 5-day editing competition focusing on COVID-19 related content that from December 7th to December 18th, with a training event taking place the Saturday beforehand. Content was added in multiple African languages. Dashboard statistics collected on 7 February 2021 show that the project had the following impact:
|Pages Created||Pages Edited||Total Edits||Editors||Bytes Added||Article Views||Commons Uploads|
WMZA administrative maturity
- See also: WMZA 2020 Staffing Plan
In the first half of the 2020/21 period WMZA began the process of filling the administrator position for the chapter. This process took longer than expected. Partly because of COVID-19 related delays and partly due to forming the hiring committee and finalising position review metrics. The position of sole proprietor to full this important administrative function for the chapter was posted on 25 October 2020 with applications closing in mid-December 2020. Applications were reviewed in December 2020 and January 2021 with the first interviews being completed in late January 2021. The chapter is about to conclude this process and the position is expected to be filled by the end of February 2021.
Annual General Meeting
For the first time WMZA hosted its Annual General Meeting for 2020 entirely online. This was due to the COVID-19 related lockdown and social isolation requirements within South Africa and requested by the Wikimedia Foundation. Although interpersonal interaction was missed by many attendees there were some noticeable benefits to this approach. Most notable of which was its normalisation of attending such events digitally. Although the chapter has made attending the AGME remotely an option for a number of years now, those attending remotely were at a communications disadvantage when compared to those attending in person. With all attendees attending remotely this was no longer a problem. Given South Africa's large geographic size and the fact that some of our members are not resident in South Africa remote attendance seems like a good meeting solution for the chapter provided we have appropriate tools to make ordered meetings of this size possible. To this end WMZA purchased a Zoom account to help facilitate such meetings.
R400 in donations/membership dues were collected in this period. It is important to mention that the chapter's membership dues is an annual donation of any amount to the chapter. This allows for members without means to join whilst also allowing members with means to make a more sizable contribution should they feel inclined to do so.
|Puku Primary school project||R429.90|
|Banking and postal costs||R2,031.74|
|Amount of grant funding remaining as of 31/12/2020||R 461,998.63|
|Chapter funds remaining as of 31/12/2020||R 1,360.63|
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