Afrikaans Wikipedia celebrated its 20th birthday on the 16th November 2021. To mark the occasion Wikimedia South Africa will hosted a celebration for the Afrikaans Wikipedia editing community. The event included discussions on the growth of the Wiki over the years, challenges the Wiki faces, and possible solutions to continue the growth of the Wiki and its community. The event coincided with the publication of the 101,000th article on Afrikaans Wikipedia.
An event was held to celebrate and talk about Afrikaans Wikipedia on its 20th birthday at 16:30 on 16 November 2021. The event was organised by Deon Steyn from Wikimedia South Africa and in partnership with the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in Pretoria. Only about 20 people were invited to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.
A group photograph the Afrikaans Wikipedia 20th Birthday event at the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in Pretoria. From the left: Laurette Pretorius, Deon Steyn (User:Oesjaar), Douglas Scott, Bobby Shabangu, and Maryana Iskander.
Three Afrikaans super editors attending the Afrikaans Wikipedia 20th birthday event. From left; Stephen (User:Rooiratel) , Deon Steyn (User:Oesjaar ) and Rianne van Vuuren
After event social.
Deon (User:Oesjaar) giving a presentation on the growth and status of Afrikaans Wikipedia over the years.
Prof Laurette Pretorius gives a presentation on the role of Wikipedia in protecting and growing the Afrikaans language in the digital age.
Some of the attendees at the event.
Die Afrikaanse Wikipedia En Hoe Om By Te Dra (2021) - booklet published and aviable at the event about Afrikaans Wikipedia.
In the media
- Afrikaanse Wikipedia wil dieper spore trap (Nov 17, 2021 2:43 PM)- A radio interview with Deon about the 20th birthday on Die Spektrumspan, RSG