SA User Survey
A very big thank you to the 404 participants who took the time to complete our online survey!
We have summarised some of the more interesting results.
The complete info graphic can be viewed on Commons.
CBS Interview with Jimmy Wales
Over 200 times a second, half a billion times a month, somebody clicks on Wikipedia. It's the greatest argument-settler wrought by man, or at least the fastest, perfectly suited to our era of instant gratification.
When it debuted 14 years ago, the online encyclopedia was a novelty, its accuracy hit or miss. Now it's one of the world's busiest websites, its reliability vastly improved, but not quite perfect. What's more, it's a charity, a non-profit where a devoted army of unpaid authors collaborate: articles about everything you can imagine. Who are they? And how does it all work? Ask Mr. Wikipedia himself, Jimmy Wales.
Watch the interview with Jimmy and find out more about Wikipedia.
One of Wikimedia ZA's projects, Joburgpedia is featured!
Introducing Wiki From Above - an exciting new competition for aerial photographic and video media to be used on Wikipedia.
The focus of this project is to increase the quality and quantity of aerial photographs and video media of important public landmarks and scenery in Africa. Participants are encouraged to also edit Wikipedia by adding their pictures, or media to relevant Wikipedia pages.
Competition is open now and ends on 30 April 2015.
Please join our Wiki from Above Facebook page for updates on the competition!
Afrikaans Wikipedia - Interview on RSG
Did you know that the Afrikaans Wikipedia is 13 years old and holds in excess of 34 000 articles!
Learn more about this Wiki in an interview with one of the contributors in Afrikaans on RSG.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of Wikimedia ZA took place on Saturday, 1 November 2014 and we would like to thank all the members who attended.
A copy of the minutes can be viewed online. Please do visit this page to view our achievements, projects and strategy formulations.
A few highlights :
For the first time WMZA has appointed a member of the Afrikaans speaking community to represent the language. As a Chapter, our aim is to represent all the languages in South Africa, and Afrikaans is a significant part of the editing community. This appointment is the first step to expanding the Afrikaans Wikipedia, and giving the editors / contributors a voice.
We would like to welcome Deon Steyn and Pria Chetty as newly appointed members of the Board of Trustees. The board for 2014 / 2015 is as follows :
- President - Douglas Scott
- Bobby Shabangu
- Dumisani Ndubane
- Pria Chetty
- Deon Steyn
Congratulations to Douglas on his appointment as President!
Membership fees have been established at R 30.00 per annum.
Members who wish to pay a lifetime membership fee can do so at a cost of R 300.00. Once we receive your membership fee, you will be allocated a membership number.
If you wish to become a member of the Chapter, please e-mail The Administrator for further information.
Joburgpedia is a success story that showcases Wikimedia South Africa's efforts to work together with local organisations and government. With the support the City of Johannesburg, the Joburgpedia project was designed to increase exposure of iconic historical sites in the city.
Joburgpedia was initially launched as a pilot project, covering twelve strategic sites, with plans to expand next year. Coverage of these sites has seen an increase on Wikipedia articles edited in indigenous languages, particularly in the case of the Gandhi House in Orchards, showing the immense potential this kind of project can have, both in terms of increase coverage of our heritage, but also in providing content in African languages.
Modelled on MonmouthpediA the project installed, high quality, durable Quick Response code (QR) tiles next to the blue historical plaques installed by the City of Johannesburg. When a user scans the code with a smartphone, the Wikipedia article related to the heritage site is displayed in the language the phone is set to.
Please visit Joburgpedia for more information on the project.