How we made it in Africa, established by Jaco Maritz in April 2010, is a pan-African online business publication. It is published by Maritz Publishing CC (Trading as Maritz Africa) (Reg: 1986/ 016729/23), a Cape Town-based business information company.


Jaco Maritz
Publisher & Editor-in-chief
Kevan Christmas
Wilhelmina Maboja
Editor: Journey so far / Profit-making idea
Jeanette Clark
Editor: Entrepreneur watch
Xolisa Phillip
Copy editor: Journey so far / Profit-making idea
Oluwabusayomi Sotunde
Nelly Murungi
Business development
Sanri van Wyk
Public relations
SVW Commucations

Awards and achievements

In 2011, How we made it in Africa was one of the three shortlisted publications, together with The Africa Report and Reuters, in the Media of the Year category of the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards. In November 2013, How we made it in Africa also won a Bronze Award in the Specialist Publisher category of The Bookmarks awards. The awards recognise and reward excellence in digital media and publishing in South Africa.

Jaco Maritz speaking engagements:

  • November 2018: Launch of How we made it in Africa: The book
  • October 2018: African Chemicals Imbizo
  • June 2016: Africa Oil & Power 2016
    Moderator: The Power Panel
  • March 2016: Africa’s Womenpreneurs: What’s Next? (online discussion organised by Djembe Communications)
    Panel discussion
  • November 2015: HEC Paris Africa Club (via Skype)
    Panel discussion
  • August 2015: Architecture + Interior Design Africa (Johannesburg)
    Topic: Property development trends in sub-Saharan Africa
  • June 2014: University of Cambridge Judge Business School 2014 Business in Africa Conference (United Kingdom)
    Panel discussions
    Topics: ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ and ‘Arts, Culture & Media’
  • November 2013: African Leadership Academy – Guest Speaker Series (Johannesburg)
    Topic: Sharing the journey of How we made it in Africa
  • February 2013: From Subsistence to Commercial Agribusiness: The challenge of Africa conference (Cape Town)
    Topic: ‘Six companies investing in African agribusiness, and what we can learn from them’
  • May 2011: China-SADC Investment Forum (Johannesburg)
    Topic: ‘Lessons learnt from those who have made it in Africa’


Reputable clients

We have extensive experience working with some of the biggest companies operating in the continent today. Below are a selection of our advertisers and clients:

HWMIIA advertisers