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African cinema task force[edit]

An African cinema task force has been proposed at WikiProject Films, which would include the cinema of Namibia. Interested editors are encouraged to sign up - if there is enough interest, then the task force will be created! Many thanks, Girolamo Savonarola (talk) 03:50, 13 October 2008 (UTC)

Final four Namibia articles needing geographical coordinates[edit]

There are now only four Namibian location articles left which lack geographical coordinates: once these have been geocoded, every Namibian place article will (for now) have geographic coordinates, and the articles will all soon appear on location-aware mapping services such as Google Maps.

The articles in question are listed in Category:Namibia articles missing geocoordinate data.

The articles are all marked with {{coord missing}} tags, which need to be replaced with {{coord}} tags that contain the location's latitude/longitude coordinates; or you might be able to add coordinates to an existing infobox. You can find out how to do this at the Wikipedia:Geocoding how-to for WikiProject members.

Please let me know if this is useful. -- The Anome (talk) 20:21, 6 November 2008 (UTC)

It looks like since this was written the number of articles without coordinates has increased from 4 to 200! However, the first one on the list I checked actually had coordinates but hadn't had the previous "coord missing" category removed. I'll check through the other articles in the list tomorrow morning. Sinisterstuf (talk) 21:02, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Featured article review of Zambezi[edit]

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I have produced a draft user box under Wikipedia:WikiProject Namibia/Userbox. However, this is my first try of this sort and I feel I haven't done it all right - didn't understand the categorisation and maybe some other things as well. Could someone have a look at it and improve? --Pgallert (talk) 12:27, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

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Proposal for a 200-WikiProject contest[edit]

A proposal has been posted for a contest between all 200 country WikiProjects. We're looking for judges, coordinators, ideas, and feedback.

The Transhumanist 00:39, 19 May 2009 (UTC)

Cities, towns, villages, settlements[edit]

I noticed that those four words are used inconsistently throughout the articles, and I intend to change it to the official version -- please give input whether you approve or not.

  • city: the place has municipal status
  • town: the place has town status
  • village: the place has village status
  • settlement: the place has no such status (ie, the place has no official council, and no mayor)

The caveat: In Namibia, this status does not fully depend on size or importance. The ability to manage finance is one of the factors influencing possible status changes. For instance, Maltahöhe is only a village, Oshakati is a town but Karibib has municipal status. Also, government web presence is only marginal, and there is no direct web source from it. I will attempt to collect this information through indirect source such as [1], [2], [3].--Pgallert (talk) 08:05, 12 August 2009 (UTC)

Constituency templates[edit]

In preparation of the Namibian presidential election, 2009 I have created one sample constituency template: Template:Constituencies of the Caprivi Region. I'd like your input on two things:

  1. Do you agree that the look and feel is better than that of the few existing templates, e.g. Template:Constituencies of Erongo?
  2. Do you agree that the name should be, ceteris paribus, "Constituencies of the Erongo Region", instead of "Constituencies of Erongo"? I feel so because Erongo is also a mountain range, Caprivi is also a Politician, Kavango is also a river, and so forth.


Template:Constituencies of Erongo looks like this:

Constituencies of Erongo Flag of Namibia.svg
Arandis | Brandberg | Karibib | Omaruru | Swakopmund | Walvis Bay

Template:Constituencies of the Caprivi Region looks like this:

(The old Caprivi template is broken, that's why I cannot give a direct comparison old-new)

Will wait a day or two and then continue as if I had your approval ;) --Pgallert (talk) 10:27, 11 November 2009 (UTC)


 Done created all templates and most constituency stubs. Pgallert (talk) 14:37, 20 January 2010 (UTC)

WP 1.0 bot announcement[edit]

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Article assessment[edit]

(seems I'm talking to myself on this page)

I started assessing Namibia-related articles so that they show up on the quality / importance table of the Wiki 1.0-project. What I am a bit unsure of is inclusion / exclusion of plants, animals, and minerals - so far, if they are indigenous to Namibia, I have included them with importance "low". Opinions? --Pgallert (talk) 13:27, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

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Improving our main article[edit]

I have taken up the task of bringing Namibia to FA status. All help appreciated, of course. Details on Talk:Namibia. --Pgallert (talk) 14:17, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

On a related issue, we got our first GA-class article today: Twyfelfontein. The other GA, Angolan Civil War, was not really the work of Wikiproject:Namibia. Knowing now how difficult that actually is I see that there is a lot of work on Namibia until we get it there—never mind to featured status. --Pgallert (talk) 17:31, 6 September 2010 (UTC)

Namibia articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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We would like to ask you to review the Namibia articles and revisionIDs we have chosen. Selected articles are marked with a diamond symbol (♦) to the right of each article, and this symbol links to the selected version of each article. If you believe we have included or excluded articles inappropriately, please contact us at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8 with the details. You may wish to look at your WikiProject's articles with cleanup tags and try to improve any that need work; if you do, please give us the new revisionID at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8. We would like to complete this consultation period by midnight UTC on Monday, October 11th.

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For the Wikipedia 1.0 editorial team, SelectionBot 23:22, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Assuming that I don't get much feedback anyway, I have left a message there on WP Namibia's behalf. Good news is that we're up to 26 articles (from a grand total of 1 in version 0.5). Bad news is that many of those 26 (Giraffe, Second Congo War, West Germanic languages, Afrikaans, and others) are not maintained by us; we just piggyback on other WikiProjects. Bad news is also that the selection does not spread fairly, or logically. Judging from the article selection, the only tribes in Namibia are the Herero and the Bushmen (using a derogatory term to reference them, no less), the only language is Afrikaans.
I have in the process of assessing this list removed some ridiculous "top" importance ratings (e.g. NamPower, United Nations Security Council Resolution 342, full list can be viewed in the log tomorrow). --Pgallert (talk) 08:42, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject cleanup listing[edit]

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Windhoek Photo request[edit]

Hello! Would anyone in Windhoek mind fulfilling this photo request?

  • Head Office of Air Namibia - Trans Namib Building, Bahnhof Street Windhoek • Namibia

Thank you, WhisperToMe (talk) 22:35, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

It looks like this photo request fulfilled. I'll see if I can take a photo next week. Sinisterstuf (talk) 13:51, 25 November 2011 (UTC)


We have a portal since March 2010. Its content is outdated (news items from 2007, DYKs from 2009) as nobody maintains it. Still it gets some 10 views per day; maybe someone wants to adopt it (not me--no time). --Pgallert (talk) 08:15, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

It looks like it's been updated earlier this month, which is nice. How do you know how many daily views it gets? Sinisterstuf (talk) 13:45, 25 November 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, that was me, like always if nobody else volunteers :( Article traffic statistics you can see here: title (replace YYYYMM with a date). Cheers, Pgallert (talk) 10:03, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Is this place notable?[edit]

A new user has created an article Onawa village. Is it notable? If so, it could do with some work. Hack (talk) 08:11, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

All populated places are notable, so this should never have been suggested for speedy deletion. I have wikified the article and provided a reference for the existence of this settlement. Cheers, Pgallert (talk) 12:37, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
Out of interest, where exactly is this located? I can't seem to find it on any maps. Hack (talk) 08:13, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
No idea, other that that it is in Omusati Region. Most maps of Namibia are not particularly detailed. --Pgallert (talk) 12:59, 2 October 2012 (UTC)


I have proposed a move/renaming from Bushmen to San people following a clean up and expansion of Bushmen#Ethnic nomenclature. Please participate in the discussion so we can resolve this long-standing name issue. HelenOnline 07:29, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

New Images[edit]

Hi there!
I don’t want to rush too much into other languages’ Wikis (actually I did and still do of course). Anyway, if you’re interested in the pictures I took on my stay in Namibia you might want to check them. Feel free to use them in your articles: Commons User:Pradatsch/Namibia – Thanks, --Pradatsch (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 19:21, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 21/05[edit]

Draft:Kunene Regional Conservation Strategy. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 15:16, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

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Namibia presentation at WikiIndaba 2014 is now online[edit]

The WikiIndaba 2014 sessions are now online at YouTube. This includes a presentation, Challenges and Successes in Africa - Namibia. Highly informative report on a group in its beginning stages. -- Djembayz (talk) 16:19, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

... and the respective slides are available here. I gave another talk on the upcoming Wikipedia:Oral citations experiment on that Indaba (video/slides), and on our research activities in Omaheke Region (no video but slides). Cheers, Pgallert (talk) 06:49, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Languages in censuses and Race and ethnicity in censuses[edit]

Pleas add information about this country to this articles--Kaiyr (talk) 13:03, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

"Soccer" or "Football"?[edit]

I was wondering if Namibia calls this game "soccer" such as South African English does, or "football" such as British English does? -- (talk) 07:45, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

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Wikipedia Primary School invitation[edit]

Hi everybody. On behalf of the teams behind the Wikipedia Primary School research project, I would like to announce that the article Khoikhoi (of interest to this wikiproject) was selected a while ago to be reviewed by an external expert. We'd now like to ask interested editors to join our efforts and improve the article before March 15, 2015 (any timezone) as they see fit; a revision will be then sent to the designated expert for review (please see the article's talk page for details). Any notes and remarks written by the external expert will be made available on the article's talk page under a CC-BY-SA license as soon as possible, so that you can read them, discuss them and then decide if and how to use them. Please sign up here to let us know you're collaborating. Thanks a lot for your support! Elitre (WPS) (talk) 17:14, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Namibian War of Independence[edit]

Howzit, we've opened a discussion on the potential merger of Namibian War of Independence and South African Border War here. Feel free to express your views on this important topic. --Katangais (talk) 16:23, 4 January 2016 (UTC)


User:Dr. Blofeld has created Wikipedia:WikiProject Africa/Contests. The idea is to run a series of contests/editathons focusing on each region of Africa. He has spoken to Wikimedia about it and $1000-1500 is possible for prize money. Would anybody here be interested in contributing to one or assisting draw up core article/missing article lists? He says he's thinking of North Africa for an inaugural one in October. If interested please sign up in the participants section of the Contest page, thanks.♦ --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 20:03, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

Upcoming "420 collaboration"[edit]

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You are invited to participate in the upcoming

"420 collaboration",

which is being held from Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 30, and especially on April 20, 2017!

The purpose of the collaboration, which is being organized by WikiProject Cannabis, is to create and improve cannabis-related content at Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in a variety of fields, including: culture, health, hemp, history, medicine, politics, and religion.

WikiProject Namibia participants may be particularly interested in the following: Cannabis in Namibia.

For more information about this campaign, and to learn how you can help improve Wikipedia, please visit the "420 collaboration" page.

---Another Believer (Talk) 22:06, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

White Namibian people category under discussion[edit]

Howzit, all.

There is a proposal to delete Category:White Namibian people and replace it with Category:Namibian people of European descent here. Feel free to comment there. --Katangais (talk) 03:02, 3 November 2017 (UTC)