Wikimedia South Africa/Board Meeting/18 June 2019

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Wikimedia ZA Board meeting - 18 June 2019[edit]


  • Michael Graaf
  • Ian Gilfillan
  • Rossouw
  • Coenraad
  • Adri Baard
  • Bobby Shabangu


  • Deon Steyn
  • Douglas


Previous minutes[edit]

Wiki Loves Africa 2019 - Report[edit]

Survey for Wikipedia ZA[edit]

  • Been some email discussion

Wikimania Scholarships[edit]

  • Douglas and Bobby going
  • Judges - David Richfield, Dumisane, Martin (German chapter)
  • Number of applications
  • Ian will send out more reminders closer to time

Hackathon update[edit]

  • Dragging out, making things complicated, may be better off doing ourselves
    • Also problems with phone conference
    • Sentech wants to follow the manual to the letter, including server setup - Coenraad offered help, Michael and Coenraad will discuss
  • Reuben has got involved too which is great

Afrikaans Wikipedia[edit]

  • R500 token award for person making the 2 millionth edit
  • Surprise
  • 1700 edits away from 2 millionth edit
  • Initial support, but then discussion about conflict of interest, some knowing about the prize in advance and others not
  • There will be social media posts afterwards to recognise this milestone, Adri will coordinate
  • Agreed that those who are aware of it are not eligible



  • Douglas needs to report back

Cape Town Meetup[edit]

Goethe Institute[edit]

  • Bobby met with them in Berlin. Bobby presented along with German chapter, GI wants to integrate ?
  • GI will provide with venue, catering and internet for workshops
  • Expressed interest in sponsoring attendees to Wikimania. Too late for this year, request to be asked in time for future years
  • There were no attendees from Cape Town center, but same applies.
  • Coenraad: Can we need to send them an official thank you letter? - Yes, as a chapter. Bobby to draft letter, and ask for Cape Town contact person.


  • No followup yet, Bobby still tying to confirm a date

Rhodes - June 28 - July 2[edit]

  • Deon attending
  • Rossouw' was due to attend, but flights from Namibia too expensive (R8500), unfortunately we cannot afford. Bobby has volunteered to go.
  • Friday meeting with Wynand(?) to confirm schedule (Bobby, Deon and Douglas - Bobby will forward email)
  • Whitelist IP, create dashboard, track new members
  • Meeting on Friday

Climate Change workshop[edit]

Communication and social media channels, infrastructure[edit]

  • Twitter: 1407 followers -> 1414
  • Facebook (Afrikaans): 309 members -> 308
  • Facebook (English): 957 follows (904 likes) -> 962 (908)
  • Instagram 110 Followers
  • Mailing list (Afrikaans): 312 members. Suspect most are fake, aol addresses, no valid activity for years -> 312
  • Mailing list (English): 284 members -> 284
  • Meetup: 85 members -> 92
  • Youtube: 47 subscribers -> 47
  • Zulip: 13 users -> 13

Next Meeting[edit]

  • Tue 02 July 7pm