Jo Maenzanise

Jo Maenzanise



Mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues, Sexual health


Tertiary School in Business Administration—Cape Town, South Africa



Jo has written for several publications since 2017. Their work has mainly covered mental health and LGBTQIA+ issues. This interest in health topics mainly stemmed from personal experience. It has also been fueled by the experiences of others in the marginalized communities. Jo remains committed to creating content that raises awareness, inspires, and, where relevant, is scientifically backed. Being connected online to different individuals with differing experiences provides Jo valuable insight into the varied experiences of marginalized folks. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of producing content that is inclusive or sensitive to these differences.


Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration majoring in Entrepreneurship and Leadership & Self-Development.

Awards and educational accomplishments:

  1. Academic Merit List (commonly known as Dean's List) from 2011 to 2014. This list honored students who scored an average of at least 60% and passed their courses at first attempt.
  2. Overall top students in various subjects from 2011 to 2014.
  3. Graduated cum laude; one of the first two students at the college to graduate with honor.
  4. Among the first students at the college to intern at one of the biggest investment management companies in South Africa. The internship was an academic requirement and this happened in the final year of the degree program. Of the three, Jo was offered permanent employment.
  5. Associated Church Press Awards for an article for Broadview: Award of Excellence, Theological Reflection – Long Format.

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