AFRICAN SUN MeDIA is a specialist supplier of publishing, design and printing services for the Higher Education market and the private sector. SUN MeDIA specialises in scholarly and professional publications under the imprint SUNPReSS, but also publishes general and trade titles aimed at the commercial market under the imprint Rapid Access Publishers (RAP).
Justa Niemand, CEO of AFRICAN SUN MeDIA, approached Stellenbosch University (SU) at the end of 2002 with a proposal for the establishment of a University press, based on a unique publishing model for Higher Education. Her proposal was accepted and SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch was established in March 2003 as a development project of Stellenbosch University. AFRICAN SUN MeDIA's activities have since led to the formation of the following companies and expansions:
SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch (Pty) Ltd was established in January 2007, with Stellenbosch University as a shareholder and Justa Niemand as the CEO and Managing Director. Under her management, the digital printing and binding units of SU's print plant were privatised and incorporated into the new company in August 2007
SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein (Pty) Ltd, based on the same model as that of SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch, was established in January 2009, in partnership with the University of the Free State. Justa Niemand is the CEO and Managing Director of SMB.
SUN MeDIA MeTRO (Pty) Ltd was established in Gauteng in March 2010, providing the same value offering, services and products as SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch (SMS) and SUN MeDIA Bloemfontein (SMB), to clients in Gauteng and surrounding areas. Wilna Oosthuizen is the Manager and Justa Niemand is the CEO and Managing Director of SMM.
SUN MeDIA STUDIO was established as a Division of SUN MeDIA Stellenbosch in April 2012, as a design studio and customer service point for the commercial market.