Afrihost is the brainchild of best friends Gian Visser, Brendan Armstrong and Peter Meintjes, who had a dream of building a company free of corporate shackles, that would delight their clients with excellent service and amazing products. After each individually establishing small startup companies, they decided to join forces and launch Afrihost, a Web Hosting and IT services company that reflected their personal values of service and product excellence - not driven by profit, but rather by client and employee satisfaction (which had often brought them in conflict with their former corporate employers).
Afrihost grew from humble beginnings in Visser's family home, eventually taking up most of the house as more clients (and employees) were drawn to Afrihost's unique model and dedication to client service. By the time the company had moved to more formal premises in 2005, they were well on their way to becoming the fastest growing enterprise in the sector.
In September 2009, Afrihost decided to enter the Broadband market, so that they could offer more value to their clients and bolster their growing market share as an ISP. After their initial offering of R55 per GB failed to attract a significant number of signups, it seemed as though the venture may have been a mistake. However, at an informal strategy meeting, the team decided to use their advertising budget to subsidise the product and re-enter the market aggressively at R29 per GB, while most of their competitors were still offering bandwidth at over R70 per GB. The response was amazing, and took the entire Broadband community by storm.
Afrihost's rapid and continued growth led to their decision to join forces with MTN in 2012, with the cellular giant acquiring a stake in the company in 2014. After enjoying the significant benefits of partnering with the biggest telecoms network on the continent, Afrihost's original executive team partnered with friends and family to buy their shares back in 2016. This was a bold move to return to the core values and vision of Afrihost.