This email serves as a quick reminder of our upcoming meetup for the South
African community that will be happening on Saturday 24 September 2022.
Below are the details for joining the 22nd online South African community
meetup. If you have any questions about Wikipedia, the community, what is
going on generally, or you just want to hang out you are welcome to join
*Date: Saturday, 24 September 2022*
*Start time:10:00 AM SAST*
*End Time: 12:00 PM SAST*
*Location: Online Meeting*
We will still be using our new Discord channel as our meeting location this
time (see link below). If that does not work for you then don't worry, you
can still join via Zulip at the link below for a more text-based experience.
Link to Join
For a more text-based experience.
Zulip <https://wikimediaza.zulipchat.com/login/>: Note registration is
The digital divide between SA languages remains huge; fortunately new
technologies offer cheaper and faster ways of levelling the playing fields.
Here's a good example.
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From: Vukosi Marivate <vukosi.marivate(a)cs.up.ac.za>
Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2022 at 10:51 AM
Subject: #DS4SocietySeminar DS@UP🚀 - Mukondleteri Dumela - Why language
technologies for African languages are important. <> 23 September 2022
Seminars @ DS@UP🚀 - 2022 Data Science for Society Seminar Series
Our next seminar for 2022
*Topic:* Why language technologies for African languages are important.
*Speaker:* Mukondleteri Dumela
*Sign Up:* RSVP
*Date:* 23 September 2022
*Time: * 9:00AM-10:00AM SAST
The world is a diverse place with thousands of languages and cultural
traditions. Africa alone has over 2,000 languages spoken amongst its 1,2
billion people. However, only a few African languages benefit from emerging
human language technologies, and the gap continues to grow as new human
language technologies are developed. Perhaps it is time to reflect on why
it is critical that emerging human language technologies be inclusive of
African languages and what we risk losing if we do not change course.
Mukondleteri Dumela is a Software Developer with a keen focus on African
languages. Hebegan my career in the University of Pretoria in 2009 while
studying towards a Bachelor of Information Science in Multimedia.
Mukondleteri has since then been working on various projects to advance the
status of technology for African languages.
He is the founder of the two projects:
Angula teaches people African languages using the voices of native
- Angula is in BETA and is set for release in September 2022
- The link is https://angula.app
Xitsonga.org is a non profit organisation that is focused on digitising the
- The website has been accessed by over a million people.
- Our apps have downloads of over 200 000.
- Xitsonga Dictionary app won the 2020 Best Educational Solution at the MTN
- The link is https://xitsonga.org
This years schedule is below.
Real 411 + MMA
Sekou L Remy
IBM Research Nairobi
UC Berkeley Sociology Department/Meta
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, feel free to contact
Neo Mokono neo.mokono(a)tuks.co.za
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Lynnwood Road Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa
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