A comparative examination firstly of usage of, and contribution to, the
Wikipedias in ten of South Africa's eleven official languages, and secondly of possible measures to address the situation discovered in the first investigative stage.
The historical context is reviewed and it is argued that the number of official languages (and therefore Wikipedias) results from decisions made in colonial and apartheid eras. Public-domain usage and contribution statistics from the Wikimedia Foundation are analysed, revealing poor growth in most cases; possible interventions via both educational strategies and technological options are reviewed.
Attendees will get to understand the unfortunate situation of South Africa's Wikipedias and be motivated to help improve that situation.