Meet your new creative team


Ingrid Jones

Executive / Managing Director and Head of Content

As one of the founders of Mikateko Media, Ingrid is responsible for editorial and publishing management. She is a creative dynamite in the South African publishing industry. Editor, undercover events planner, single malt lover, writer, undiscovered trend predictor, wife, mother, mentor and fiercely loyal to all things South African.

Desiree Johnson

Executive / Group Accounts Director
Desiree Johnson founded Mikateko Media with Ingrid, and takes responsibility for business and financial management, and sales. She is a seasoned campaigner in the publishing industry.

Her work experience spans from media buying, ad sales, brokerage services, publishing business manager and leading a group of crazy creatives.


Nick Armstrong

Advertising Sales Manager
As an advertising sales manager, Nick’s focus is sales and building relationships with our clients.

He’s also the office socialite; no wonder his favourite word is “Party”. Apart from South Africa’s natural beauty and splendour, he loves the fact that we are able to pull through as a nation even in the darkest of times.

Merle Philander

Advertising Sales Manager
Merle constantly strives for excellence. Her focus is building great and long-term customer relationships. When she is not at work, she loves relaxing with family and friends over a good meal. She is a sucker for a good cup of coffee. She loves Cape Town’s breathtaking beauty, the mountains, the sea and the city’s wonderful people.

Sive Booi

Production Management, Client Liaison and New Business
Sive is a multitasking master. His work includes budget management, procurement, print, distribution management and keeping the balls rolling.

His favourite word is “Inspire”. He appreciates South Africa’s diversity and all the endless possibilities the country offers.

Achmat Booley

Graphic Designer
Achmat is a designer here at Mikateko. He specialises in layout and publication design. His approach is characterised by minimalism and simplicity. The divers client-profile of Mikateko gives him the opportunity for creative freedom. What does he love most about South Africa? The friendly people and different cultures.

Alicia English

Alicia is an editor at Mikateko. She is a people-centric person who believes in keeping things real. For her at Mikateko, there is no room for complacency. She is able to apply her skills and talents, and serve the company in a way that impacts her colleagues, clients and readers. What does she love most about South Africa? The tenacity and generous spirit of its people.

Gretchen Koen

Graphic Designer
Gretchen is one of the graphic designers at Mikateko. She loves design, fashion and drawing, letting her work speak on her behalf. She enjoys the freedom to explore her creative abilities and see the process to it’s completion.What does she love the most about South Africa? All its beauty and diverse cultures. The endless possibilities in this country gives her hope.

Liam Marinus

Print, distribution and sales
Fun, inquisitive and caring, but not a afraid to face the serious side of life. Liam shifts into a next gear when it comes to problem solving, logistics and sales. For him, Mikateko, is as much a company that strives to deliver the best work, as it is a safe space to be yourself. What does he love about South Africa? All the people that I love, are all here.

Trinity Maholela

Advertising and Sales
Trinity is part of the Sales and Marketing team. He is a humourous, fun loving, inquisitive person with a love for life. To top all that, his favourite word is “Fabulous”. The meaningful relationships at Mikateko is what he loves about his work. What does he love most about South Africa? The diversity of its people.

Yonga Balfour

Editorial and Advertising Assistant
Yonga is a hard working team member who does not stand back for a challenge. Adaptable and a fast learner that eats pressure situations for breakfast. When she is not grinding it at his desk, she loves cooking, catching up on social media and lost sleep. What does she love most about South Africa? Our country’s diversity.

Lynn Adams

Advertising Sales
Lynn is part of the Sales team. Her favourite word is Phenomenal. Which fits well with her approach to life. She loves travelling, good food and great company. At Mikateko each day represents for her a new challenge and opportunity. What does she love most about South Africa? Our diverse culture, rich heritage and beautiful landscapes.

Sarah Koopman

Sub Editor
Sarah is a Cape Town-born writer and editor who has taken the big leap with a move to Johannesburg. She is fueled by people and passionate about hearing and telling their stories. She strives to understand different audiences and what makes them tick. She is passionate about issues that affect women and working towards their empowerment. At Mikateko she loves seeing ideas come to life and content that speaks to the audience. What does she love most about South Africa? Our incredible sense of humour.

Pretha Maharaj

Advertising Sales
Pretha is part of the Sales team here at Mikateko. She has valuable experience in the banking industry and understands corporate business very well. Being part of Mikateko brings her in contact with amazing people. She loves reading non-fiction and her favourite word is “Stunning”.

What does she love most about South Africa? We’re a country on the brink of phenomenal change. The best is yet to come!

Candice Martin

Office Manager / Mango Juice Production
Candice is a family-orientated person who loves to eat good food, watch movies, read books, be organised and indulge on that piece of cake. Her knack with organisation, systems and processes makes her unmissable at Mikateko. When she is not at work, she loves spending quality time with her child and catching up on some reading when I get a chance.

What does she love about South Africa? The picturesque beauty that no other country can offer and how we can all stand together for a common cause.

Nicole Forrest

Sub Editor
Nicole is a true Jack-of-all-trades, with a knack for research and grammar. Being a sub-editor, most of her days at Mikateko is spent reading. When she is not at behind her desk, she is training for a triathlon and winning pub quizzes. Her favourite word is Trundle.

What does she love most about South Africa? The diversity of everything.