Sanri van Wyk:

Sanri van Wyk:

MD, founder & board member

Sanri, a former Media 24 journalist, has over 16 years’ hands-on experience in the media and publishing industry, built up through having worked on a range of national and international blue-chip clients such as The Walt Disney Company Africa (Disney); A+E Networks UK (HISTORY, Lifetime, CI); Discovery Networks (Discovery Channel, Discovery World, Discovery HD and Animal Planet); Kardashian Beauty Hair; SterKinekor; and the Smile Foundation.

Recognising a need for a more adaptable and honest approach to publicity, Sanri founded SVW Communications (Pty) Ltd 2017/3288/07 in 2017. The company has since grown to a boutique agency establishing private equity and venture capital companies and individuals who invest in Africa, as its niche.

Sanri is driven by attention-to-detail and a pursuit to deliver excellent service. With a post-graduate degree in Media Studies, she brings a sound media contact base and an in-depth practical knowledge of the media landscape to the PR industry. Her work ethic reflects her honesty, caring nature, sense of humour, and authenticity. Sanri leads the team with a kind heart and a firm hand, hoping to inspire them to be the best they can be, all to the benefit of SVW’s most-valued clients.

Ayanda Sibotho

Ayanda Sibotho

Media liaison/digital marketing

Ayanda is a vibrant connector and communicator, with a wealth of high-growth investment industry experience.

She brings these strengths to her role from years of consulting as a programmes, community, media and partnerships dynamo. With a background in journalism, Ayanda thrives under pressure and has a can-do attitude.

TY Hlangwane

TY Hlangwane

Media liaison, event manager

TY is a charismatic and articulate professional with exceptional skills in supporting business teams with Public Relations in the development and implementation of media strategies to create brand awareness and increase profitability.

With about six years’ experience, TY is adept at communicating across diverse audiences and collaborating to achieve set objectives.

Yanga Mapengo

Yanga Mapengo

Digital and user interface designer

Yanga is mid-level digital designer with an acute interest in branding, user interface design, user experience design, and all things digital.

During his over eight years’ experience, Yanga has achieved a remarkable level of versatility. He is known for quick turnaround times and problem-solving attitude.

Jaco Maritz

Jaco Maritz

Director & board member

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 became editor of a Nigerian business publication, after which he founded Maritz Africa, publisher of Award-winning publication How we made it in Africa, which has since adapted a subscriptionbased model.

In 2017, Maritz Africa invested in SVW and became a shareholder and director in the company. Jaco, who is also shareholder and editor of the private equity industry app Africa Private Equity News, 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.

Kevan Christmas

Kevan Christmas

Director & board member

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 Start-up.

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 start-up.

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. Kevan is advisor and shareholder in SVW.