African language Wiktionary Update

Wikipedia never ceases to amaze me. I remember meeting a teenage Alaskan editing on the Malagasy Wikipedia…



The Ethical Bank

South African banking is dominated by the big four, Absa, First National Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank, with little Capitec trailing in very distant fifth place…



Bearing Soul

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to Bearing Soul, billed as “An enviro-mental Exploration through Song, Music, Story and Heart”. This wasn’t the usual entertainment, a show at a theatre, a film. It was a friend, Dan Tree, doing just what he claimed…



African language Wikipedia update

There’s been some momentum recently in the local Wikimedia world.

The process for forming a local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation was jumpstarted at a workshop at Wits University in August last year, and is now nearing the final stages…



Food Security Workshop

This week I attended a 2-day workshop on Food Security at UCT’s Graduate School of Business, convened by Milla McLachlan and Ralph Hamman of the Food Security Change Lab, and facilitated by Reos.

This was a continuation of a process, which included a number of workshops and Learning Journeys around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Limpopo, all aimed at answering the question What will it take to ensure sustainable food security in South(ern) Africa?.

They have consciously brought together different voices, including government, NGO’s, large corporates and small social businesses such as ourselves.

Early on the first day Adam Kahane spoke…



Northern Sotho Wikipedia needs help

Northern Sotho is the only official South African language without an active Wikipedia…



Wikimedia South Africa workshop

This weekend a number of us held a workshop at Wits University to discuss forming a South African chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation – the non-profit foundation supporting projects such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary



Cruel to be kind?

A Facebook friend shared an animation from RSA Comment entitled First as Tragedy, Then as Farce



Ayoba!

World Cup fever has finally hit Cape Town…



Wolof reaches 1000 Wikipedia articles

A sixth African-language Wikipedia has reached the 1000 article milestone, with Wolof now sitting at 1068 articles.

Two other African languages, Somali and Kabye, are also closing in on the milestone, both having moved quite quickly into the 800′s, passing the relatively stagnant Igbo and Kikongo.

African Language Wikipedias

Language
1/1/2007
3/8/2009
30/5/2010

Swahili
2980
12631
17998

Afrikaans
6149
12568
15259

Yoruba
517
6261
8858

Amharic
742
3333
3810

Lingala
292
1148
1255

Wolof
 
 
1068

Swahili remains the largest African-language Wikipedia, and is moving rapidly ahead…