SA Olive works with some leading influencers and people whose opinion matters.  People who know their food, know about health issues, care about their wellness and people who are genuinely keen to promote the virtues and benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Check out some of our ambassadors here:

In 2013 Absa and SA Olive partnered to introduce the Top 5 as an addition to the annual SA Olive Awards. In a show of confidence in the olive industry, Absa, which previously sponsored the Absa Top 5 Olive Oil Awards, has now indicated that it will extend this honour to 10 exceptional olive oils. The qualifiers for the Absa Top 10 are selected from the ranks of the highest-scoring SA Olive Awards medal winners by a team of revered tasters.

“Extra Virgin Olive Oil/ Olive Oil in all its variations to me is an essential staple in my everyday cooking; recipes for my cookbooks; cooking classes and in baking.

Give me some olive oil and I’ll show you magic!” 

Pumla Brook-Thomae
Self-published cookbook author

“Some of the EVOO cultivars are from Spain and Italy but they’ve been grown and crafted here on South African soil, by South African minds and hands, which makes the end product as saffa as they come. Because after all, if you are what you eat, then I want to be South African from the inside out”.

Kamini Pather
Chef and Food Blogger

“Can’t wait to cook delicious meals with my not so secret anymore ingredient… #ExtraVirginOliveOil For that extra special texture and extra healthy taste just add Extra Virgin Olive Oil”

Geraldine Pillay-Viret
Former Olympic Athlete

“I can say that during the competition we found a good percentage of very high quality oils with complexity, harmony and character. These are oils that I like to compare to the great paintings of the Impressionists: EVOOs with great colours able to arouse emotions and colour the dishes of any table in the world”

Aldo Mazzini
Founder &  Organizer of  Monte Carlo Masters of Olive Oil International Contest


“My heart and commitment is with the South African olive industry and therefore I am extremely honoured by SA Olive granting me the privilege of being appointed as an SA Olive Ambassador. I firmly believe in the health benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and it is my intention to promote the SA Olive products wherever possible”.

Fred Bengsch
Former Executive and EVOO Enthusiast

I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed as an SA Olive Ambassador. EVOO flows at the heart of every meal I prepare, best served with generous portions of love, a sprinkle of togetherness and lashings of Proudly South African spirit. We should count ourselves incredibly lucky having SA Olive take up this important role of celebrating and promoting the humble olive – grown in the embrace of South Africa’s fertile soils – not only to us, but to the rest of the world.”

The Little Hedonist
Food Blogger