Let us help you to design, build, launch your app

We are a team of South Africa-based designers, developers, marketeers and project managers. We work very closely with our large team of highly experienced developers based in India, who we have worked with for more than five years. This means you get the best of both worlds: one dedicated, experienced, hands-on and accountable local project manager on your timezone with the cost savings, scale and technical expertise of a large off-shore team.

App Developer Studio is a subsidiary of Satpack Travel, a South African registered company established in 2008 (CIPRO number: 2008/260088/23), based in Johannesburg. We are VAT registered and have level 4 BEE status. We are proudly South African.


Our History

App Developer Studio was created up in 2014 by Rob Maclean after many people had approached us to help them build apps like our highly successful Africa: Live app which was awarded the Best Travel App 2014 (South African Tourism, Visa International). Until then we had only built apps for ourselves, which we continue to do to this day. This gives us a very commercial approach to building apps, which we pass on to our client projects.

From the very begining we have worked with the same development team in India, under our CTO, Pravin Prasad. This team has grown into double figures now, depending upon the volume of projects we have at any time.

Since then our SA team has rapidly expanded as James Thomas (2015), Grant Wright (2016), Valentina Watkins, Deepa Naran and Chad de Jager (2017).

Native Android and iOS (Apple) Development
App Commercial Strategy and Marketing
App Design
Data Collection, Augmented Reality and Location-based Apps
Hybrid and Web-based apps
Website Development
Rob Maclean Managing Director, Owner Rob is a Politics, Philosophy and Economics Masters Graduate from Oxford University with 10 years experience in Financial Services and six years experience as an entrepreneur in website and app development
James Thomas Director, New Projects James completed a Bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pretoria. He has a passion for business strategy, start-up and expansion through creative and effective methods such as web systems and mobile apps
Grant Wright Head of Design Grant was one of the early pioneers of web development in South Africa and comes with 30 years of design and print expertise
Valentina Watkins Project Manager With certifications in Business Management and Networking, Valentina is also an APMG Prince2 Practioner with a background in Telecoms and IT Project Management.
Deepa Naran Project Manager Deepa is a Media Communications and Culture Graduate from the University of Port Elizabeth with a background in Marketing and Mobile App Project Management
Chad de Jager Designer Chad is the latest member of our South African team and is rapidly emerging as a creative designer with a modern style