Wikimedia South Africa/Board Meeting 29 June 2021

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29 June 2021

Agenda items:

  • The proposal from Code for Africa to support their Wiki Mali community support project.
  • Preparations for Wikimedia ZA AGM in September and start work on the 2020/21 end of year report
  • Update on Shupai’s condition and onboarding to start working again.
  • Moleskin Foundation presentation to the board on Afrocuration

In attendance:[edit]

  • Michael Graaf
  • Bobby Shabangu
  • Rossouw Van Rooyen
  • Papa Baiden ( Moleskin)
  • Kirsty from Moleskin
  • Nobantu Modise
  • Delight Chipunza
  • Douglas Scott
  • Coenraad Loubser



Moleskin Foundation: Afrocuration project and WiR.[edit]

  • Papa was joined by Kirsty from Moleskin Foundation to talk about the Afrocuration project:
  • South African activity and support from the Chapter
  • Several African projects are currently running across the African continent through and this includes, Morroco, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • There are 5 events that are taking place within South Africa and Constitution Hill is the partner focusing on youth.
  • 2nd Partner is African Leadership Academy. (ALA) : they are working with very young entrepreneurs,
  • Moleskin will provide us with a time schedule to support the Afrocuration project in South Africa.
  • Wikimedian in Residence: The selection process is still underway, there are 17 strong applicants.
  • Efforts in Mozambique: WikimediaZA to send Mozambiquan contact to enable support in Mozambique.

Shupai's update[edit]

  • Shupai is showing signs of improvement,
  • She has been discharged from the hospital and currently sees a physiotherapist to help restore her mobility again.
  • She asked to take on low-key tasks which will be part of her training to assist with her restoration.
  • She was asked to send a letter pointing out a list of tasks that she can do, these include:

organizing meetings and taking minutes.

  • She will only do tasks that require typing but not outreach where she would have to interact with partners or the community.
  • Shupai asked for a bed table to enable her to sit on the bed while working
  • The board supported purchasing a bed table for Shupai.

Code for Africa Wiki Mali support[edit]

  • Code for Africa an organisation that supports journalism and open data is applying for funding from Google to support Wiki Mali UG and are asking for WikimediaZA's endorsement.


  • Endorsement letter was approved.
  • WikimediaZA to review the endorsement letter, make changes and send back to them.

Preparations for Wikimedia ZA AGM[edit]

  • It was agreed by the meeting that preparations for AGM needs to start now for the meeting to be hosted in September and start work on the 2020/21 end of year report.
  • Meeting was adjourned and the next meeting will take place on 13 July.