26 January 2021 WikimediaZA Strategy Plan

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This is a follow up of the 5 years strategy goals set up to achieve:

  • Increase number of editors and readers of Wikipedia in South Africa
  • Make sure that editors and readers have access to Wikipedia
  • Increase the range of the editors contributing

Chapter 1 of the South African constitution set-up founding provisions that define us as South Africa, a nation like no other. And language is one of the founding provisions of this country. In this the constitution sets out official languages of the republic, enjoins the state to “take practical and positive measures to elevate the status and the use” of the new official languages recognised in 1996. Beyond that it mandates the formation of a Pan South African Language Board which is mandated to promote and create conditions for the development and use of these languages of the republic.

Why is this important? Well, at its core this new nation is invited to care about all south African languages and to encourage their development and use.

Wikipedia shares this constitutional vision, as we try to “Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge” and preferably in their own language.

In the last 20 years Wikipedia’s presence has grown in South Africa and today we have more than 3000 active editors in this country who are passionate about knowledge and the world around them. 3 of the 10 south African language Wikipedias are in the top 10 in terms of available content amongst African Language Wikipedias! (Afrikaans, Sepedi/Northern Sotho and iSizulu)

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