THANK YOU! to everyone who participated at 2016 Joburg WordCamp

2016 Johannesburg WordCamp has come and gone…

I for one, am proud to have been associated with the successful launch of South / Southern Africa’s second WordCamp with and together with my colleagues from WordPress Gauteng, WordPress Joburg, WordPress Pretoria and WordPress East Rand, I applaud your efforts, participation and support and as many delegates and speakers have tweeted – “You guys rock!”

From here, we can only grow as WordPress enthusiasts from 2016 WordCamp network and support each other and with great strides in innovation and entrepreneurship blossoming here in Africa, we should see increasing numbers of WordPress users from township and urban areas eventually follow some of the paths of the large media houses who presented their case studies and reasoning of why they chose WordPress to power their brands to millions of Southern Africans.

All of this made me feel good – knowing that I’m part of a movement of providing meaningful content that hopefully, benefits the people of this land.

Thank you again to everyone that participated in 2016 Johannesburg WordCamp – the organising committee, the volunteers, the speakers and all of the delegates who spent a couple of days with us to share their knowledge and experience.

2017 Johannesburg WordCamp… here we come!

For and Behalf of 2016 Johannesburg WordCamp

Al Karaki

WordPress and WordCamp Radio Show – Monday, Nov 14th 8-9 PM on Mix 93.8 FM

Reminder for tonight’s WordPress and WordCamp radio show:

Monday, Nov 14th from 8-9 pm on Mix 93.8 FM, Prof Gary and Al Karaki will be hosting www – Wild, Wonderful WordPress where we invite listeners to send us in their websites for accolades or onions.

WordCamp Joburg 2016 starts on Friday at the BON Hotel and Conference Centre and we talk to some of the sponsors about their perspectives on WordCamp and WordPress in South Africa.

Besides streaming audio –, we are available on DSTV Channel 923 and please interact with us by sms with your questions and comments directly to the studio at 41348.


The State of eCommerce in South Africa

South Africa is hovering around the 1% e-commerce tipping point (this is the world wide trend where 1% of a country’s total retail spend is made online). The significance of the tipping point is that once the 1% thresh hold is passed, online retail purchases grow exponentially.

The South African e-commerce sphere represents a new opportunity. We invite you to submit questions about the e-commerce sector to:

  • Roslyn Lavery, business development manager at PayFast, a South African payment gateway.
  • Mechiel Couvaras, business development manager for WooCommerce, a WordPress plugin that allows you to sell anything and gives both store owners and developers complete control of their online store.
  • Naeem Mayet, a digital strategist who is both the head of online at and a freelancer at where he helps small to medium businesses get their foot in the online space.
  • Brett Magill, a serial entrepreneur and founder of

These four experts have generously agreed to share their knowledge and experiences that they have encountered as pioneers in the South African e-commerce space.
We invite you to join them at WordCamp Johannesburg on Friday 18 November from 3:30 p.m.

If you would like a particular question/s answered please submit them below:

WordPress and WordCamp Radio Show – Monday, Oct 17th 8-9 PM on Mix 93.8 FM

Reminder: This Monday, Oct 17th from 8-9 pm on Mix 93.8 FM, Prof Gary and Al Karaki will be hosting www – Wild, Wonderful WordPress where we invite listeners to send us in their websites for accolades or onions. We will also discuss WordCamp Joburg 2016 as well as field questions regarding the use and applications of WordPress software. Two spaces at the studio in Midrand if anyone wants to join us.