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2020 AGM - Agenda

Screenshot of the 2020 AGM attendees.

Date: 28 November 2020 Time: 10:00 to 13:00 + 1 hour lunch intermission -> 14:00 return for board elections Location: On your computer via Zoom


Review of previous year's AGM minutes

Meeting reviewed 2019 minutes, no objections and questions raised.


  • Douglas Scott - WMZA Chair 2020
  • Bobby Shabangu - WMZA Board 2020
  • Mohau Monaledi
  • Wynand Van der Walt - WMZA Board 2020
  • Nobantu Modise
  • Michael Graaf - WMZA Board 2020
  • Paul Conlin
  • Nikki Crowster - LIASA President
  • Unathi Ndiki
  • Gwinyai Masukume
  • Ian Gilfillan - WMZA Board 2020
  • Deon Steyn - WMZA Board 2020
  • Coenraad Loubser - WMZA Board 2020
  • Ingrid Thomson
  • Kekeletso Mafaladiso
  • Mohau Monaledi
  • Peter Meyer
  • Rossouw van Rooyen - WMZA Board 2020
  • Adri Loubser - WMZA Board 2020

Annual Report

  • What we did this year

Presentation by Douglas Scott

At WMZA chapter events, 443 editors were recorded as editing 15900 articles and creating 883 articles and uploading 1300 files to Commons. The SA Community has done a lot more, these figures only pertain to specific Chapter programmes. The chapter ceased holding in-person activities because of covid.

Things to look forward to in 2021 - On presentation

Ingrid included Wikimedia and #1lib1ref in Community of Practicse under LIASA Strategy, Diversity, others mentioned. (Pls update minutes from recording) Nov 20 2021 ATKV Afrikaans Wikipedia Birthday

Review of 2020 activities

from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia_South_Africa/2019#End_of_year_report TODO: add online editathons, and other activities to the report on meta eg. Zulip editathons, thanks to Ian and Rossouw and others Ontkiemingskompetieise - including ATKV with Prof Beukes and Pretorius, facilitated by Deon

Forward looking suggestions

GLAM & reGLAM - adding Research. Volunteer Thematic translation projects. Opportunity: Lack of cohesive strategy nationally. We need to find a strategy to increase the numbers of African languages Unathi: Need projects based on empowering rural communities. Wynand: Suggest a wish list on our home page where everyone can add, including wishlist for analogue materials to be digitised (pending mandates) Noted that purpose of appointing Administrator is to drive projects and free up more volunteer time. Freedom of Panorama so we can upload more than just colonial era, but aslso new monuments https://libguides.wits.ac.za/Copyright_and_Related_Issues Awareness + Diversity: Wynand, Ingrid (and colleague Susanne Noll) have been having conversations/webinars about using Wikipedia (and sister projects) in Higher Education - esp around Africanisation Conversations/Webinars in academic sector Update on 5 year plan. What we discussed vs Where we are. Try to put hours against it open access, science, education - LIASA programme that we can copy, LIASA has offered help

Free knowledge strategy discussion (update from recording pls)

  • Financials
  • Membership mailer - include updating commitment

Planned for next year

  • WMZA Grant for 2020/21
  • Strategic Partnerships - Moleskine, LIASA, Afrikaans Wiki and Akademie
  • Language Audit - Ask IAN to do this
  • Effect of COVID-19
  • WMF & international community events
Intermission for lunch

Vote for 2021 Board

  • Douglas will be stepping down as a candidate for president for the 2021; but would like to put himself forward for board membership
  • Note that Deon will not be able to join, but is willing to be nominated in absencia for the Board of 2021

Election results

  • Bobby Shabangu is nominated, seconded and accepts - Bobby elected
  • Coenraad Loubser is nominated, seconded and accepts
  • Douglas Scott is nominated and seconded accepts
  • Deon Styen is nominated, seconded and accepts
  • Wynand Van Der Walt is nominated and seconded accepts
  • Nobantu Modise is nominated and accepts - Nobantu is elected
  • Delight Chipunza Ngonidzashe is nominated and seconded
  • Michael Graaf is nominated and seconded and accepts
  • Rossouw van Rooyen is nominated and seconded and accepts

President elections

  • Douglas nominates Bobby for president, Adri seconds. Bobby accepts.
  • No other candidates: Bobby is elected as Wikimedia South Africa chapter president

Date of next AGM

Align with financial year (attempt no 2) Bobby suggestions Saturday the 25 September 2021, Douglas seconds that date. Date selected.

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