The Instigators

Sanri van Wyk
Founder and Managing Director (MD)

Sanri is a seasoned communications professional with a postgraduate background in Media Studies and about 14 years’ Industry experience.

After having worked as a journalist for Media 24 for over six years, she brings a sound media contact base and an in-depth practical knowledge of the media landscape to the PR industry.

In addition to having written hundreds of articles for some of South Africa’s biggest newspapers and their online components, Sanri has spearheaded publicity campaigns for large national and international CSI and blue-chip clients, such as The Walt Disney Company Africa (Disney), Discovery Networks (the world’s number-one factual entertainment broadcaster), Ster-Kinekor, Sony Entertainment and A+E Networks UK (the television channels History, Crime & Investigation and Lifetime), where she built up expert knowledge of influencer-driven consumer campaigns.

The word “can’t” is not in Sanri’s vocabulary. She spends every day doing the undoable for clients and doing more than is expected of her. Her work ethic reflects her honesty, caring nature, and authenticity.

Kevan Christmas
Director

Kevan is a reformed Marketing and Communications professional who successfully built and ran international agencies in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

For the last 10 years, a Product zealot with experience in Mobile, Payments and Lean Startup.

Challenges have ranged from helping an international team build travel and transaction apps, to running Mxit as COO to being a Product Owner in a startup.

Since 2013 he has continued to grow and use this experience to help both large and small clients build better products faster via www.the10x.com.

Advisor and shareholder in SVW.

Jaco Maritz
Director

Jaco started his career at South African media company Media24, working on the online offerings of some of the country’s most well-known newspapers, including Die Burger, Beeld, City Press, Sake24 and Volksblad.

He went on to become editor of a Nigerian business publication, after which he founded Maritz Africa, “Africa’s Smartest Business Information Company” – The publisher of Award-winning publication How we made it in Africa.

In 2017 Maritz Africa invested in SVW Communications, and Jaco became a shareholder and Director in the Company.

He is a regular speaker on various issues relating to business on the continent. He holds a BA in Information Science from the University of Stellenbosch.