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Stratagem is a full service integrated consulting, public relations, crisis communication and reputation management consultancy. 

We have an extensive understanding of South Africa’s socio-political and economic environment and apply it to our client needs.

Our team has proven skills in effective crisis communication planning and prevention, public relations, media relations, public affairs, government relations, external and internal communications, digital and social media as well as campaign management.  


We are a team of highly focused, inspired thinkers and strategic problem solvers, with a reputation for delivering excellence in both big and small projects in both the public and private sectors.
We strive to redefine public relations and communication by offering a different, bolder approach that creates value and changes conversations.
Level 2 B-BBEE compliant.

Mabine Seabe

Co-founder & Director

Mabine Seabe (30) is a professional Communicator with a demonstrated history of working in the political organisation industry. Skilled in Non-profit Organizations, Crisis Communications, Speech Writing, Social Media, Event and Campaign Management, and Media Relations.

He began his career as an intern for highly acclaimed news platform Daily Maverick, thereafter, spent several years as a social commentator appearing on eNCA, BBC, and the SABC. An accomplished writer and thought-leader, Mabine used his communication skills as a freelance columnist published primarily by EWN and City Press. It was during this time that he co-founded a think tank, which provided various platforms for young people and decision-makers to exchange ideas, develop strategies and execute plans that will enhance the lives of young South Africans.

Mabine also formed part of a body that advised the Johannesburg United States Consulate General to ensure the US foreign policy correctly addresses issues facing South Africans, especially the youth.

In 2013, Mabine began work in the Communications Department for South Africa’s Official Opposition Party and through his passion for communication and its role in shaping opinion and narratives worked his way through the ranks to eventually act as the Party’s Executive Director of Communication.

In 2017 Mabine was recognised as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Top Young South Africans and Avance Media's 100 Most Influential South Africans.

Mabine is a skilled activist and advisor and has a deep passion for South Africa and Africa’s success through harnessing the skills and expertise of young people, working in collaboration with government and the private sector.   

Jessica Shelver

Director of Digital Strategy and Communications

Jessica Shelver is an international political studies and communications professional with more than a decade’s worth of experience in public affairs, politics, policy analysis, government relations, lobbying, media relations, crisis communications, reputation management, as well as general brand, corporate reputation and image management.

Jessica has developed and managed comprehensive, end-to-end PR and communications and multi-media campaigns (strategy, key messages, briefing documents, press releases, media conferences, news diary, newsletter, media statements, columns & thought leadership, ghost writing, social media).

She has also managed communications teams and built capacity in messaging, developing creative briefs, pre-testing campaign activities, understanding and using research, planning media mix and increasing impact of individual activities.

Others skills include but are not limited to:
  • Project and campaign management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the public policy sector
  • Policy development, coordination and implementation
  • Excellent multimedia internal and external communications skills
  • Crisis communications strategy, management and implementation
  • General brand, corporate and political reputation and image management
  • Excellent advanced social media management and marketing(Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram)

⁣Jessica spent a number of years working in the UK, for a Non-Government Organisation Research Centre and Think Tank and served as a Parliamentary Liaison for the United Nations Association – Westminster Young Professionals. She also worked as the Global Communication Manager for a technology start-up with offices in London, New York and Mumbai. ⁣

⁣In 2012, Jessica won the South African Chamber of Commerce Rising Star of the Year Award. In 2013, she was named one of the top 13 African Economic Leaders to watch and in 2014, she was named one of Mail and Guardians top 200 South Africans for her contribution to governance and social upliftment projects.

Alistair Shaw

Head: Legal and Research Unit

Alistair is an admitted attorney, who has experience in the corporate law environment, in a political organization as well as extensive experience in both provincial and local governments.

He began his career at a boutique law firm in Sandton. Alistair spent two years in the general litigation department and then another two years in the corporate commercial department.

He thereafter joined South Africa's official opposition as the Manager: Legislation Unit in Parliament, following which he was appointed as a State Law Advisor at the Western Cape Government, specializing in the drafting of legislation and subordinate legislation as well as the formulation and review of public policy.

Alistair recently served as the deputy legal advisor and acting principal legal advisor to the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba.

Alistair has extensive experience in both commercial law as well as government regulatory law, moreover, he has experience in political communication as well as public policy.

Colin Wardle

Head: Account Management Unit

Colin Wardle is a media and communication professional with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Communication from the University of Cape Town. Colin has a demonstrated history in politics, international trade and development industry, and property development. During that time he has developed skills in media relations, campaigns, crisis communications, and eventing.   


Stratagem are producers of high-quality, insightful written and visual content across all media platforms.

We have a proven track record in developing plans in crisis and reputation management, public affairs, public relations and social media for organisations and individuals.

Crisis Communication and Reputation Management

Experts in Crisis Communication and Reputation Management, we offer comprehensive crisis communication prevention and planning services. An effective communication strategy during 'peacetime' or crisis, with both internal and external stakeholders is vital in the fast-paced news and social media cycle, where the reputation of an individual and brands can be enhanced, saved or tarnished in a short space of time.

With our deep understanding of different needs at different times, Stratagem will provide you with the services that you need to swiftly achieve your communication goals and help build your brand.  

Corporate Social Investment (CSI)

An effective Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy can enhance a company’s reputation and improve its brand awareness, and it is within this environment that companies can become social change agents by taking part in sustainable social and community projects.

Committed to socio-economic development, we assist businesses in leading and driving sustainable and high impact CSI projects that can help address many of the social and economic issues in our communities. 


- Media Relations
- Public Affairs
- Government Relations
- Government Communication Training
- Leadership Profiling
- Brand building  

- Crisis Communication 
- Issues Management
- Reputation Management
- Crisis Preparedness -prevention, planning and training
- Spokesperson services  

- Media Training
- Executive Development 

Be part of the conversation - engaging and impactful conversation circles to launch and exchange ideas and develop strategies and create movements/ influence change.  

Driving & leading sustainable and high impact CSI projects

- Written & Visual Content
- Thought leadership
- Speechwriting 

Contact Us

If you have a potential crisis or require urgent advice on an issue, please contact us on:

Mabine Seabe

(+27) 084 677 7851

Jessica Shelver

(+27) 076 175 0663

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