South Africa

Mar. 19, 2024

Heatwave and Power Cuts Aside, South Africans Predict a Production Rebound

While national yields are expected to increase, high temperatures have forced farmers to harvest early.

Nov. 27, 2023

South African Producers Celebrate Quality After Season Marred by Blackouts

Seven producers from South Africa’s Western Cape combined to win a record-high 16 awards at the world’s largest olive oil quality competition.

Oct. 30, 2023

Award-Winning Producer Highlights Growth in South African Industry

On a 330-year-old farm, the NYIOOC award-winning Babylonstoren has become one of South Africa’s largest olive oil producers.

Sep. 26, 2023

A Successful Harvest in South Africa Amid Rolling Blackouts

Power cuts reached a few bleak milestones this year, but the country's producers were undeterred.

Aug. 29, 2023

World Olive Oil Competition Southern Hemisphere Live Updates

The NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition is unveiling award winners in the Southern Hemisphere division of the annual quality contest. Olive Oil Times writers around the world are covering the results and reactions.

Apr. 18, 2023

As Harvest Gets Underway, South African Producers Face Rolling Blackouts

Olive oil production is expected to decrease in South Africa after consecutive near-record yields. Load shedding and political instability are among the main challenges.

Sep. 14, 2021

After Slow Start, South African Producers Celebrate Record Harvest

While many growers reported more rainfall and record harvests, others fared less well and worry about the future.

Jun. 22, 2021

Bountiful Harvest Yields Wins for South African Producers at World Competition

South African producers earned a record-tying nine awards at this year’s NYIOOC World Olive Oil Competition, more than twice the number they earned in 2020.

Jun. 15, 2021

Mixed Expectations as Harvest Gets Underway in South Africa

While the country’s long-standing drought finally broke, pests, blackouts and Covid-19 restrictions resulted in a harvest of mixed results thus far.

Jun. 18, 2020

South African Producers Share Realities of Harvesting During Lockdown

Even with ongoing water shortages and the challenge of working during a lockdown, growers anticipate a good harvest.

May. 19, 2020

South African Producers Persevere to Win 4 NYIOOC Awards

South African producers earned four awards at the world's premier olive oil quality competition. Producers persevered through drought to make their oils and the coronavirus pandemic to send them to New York.

Apr. 8, 2020

Olive Harvest in South Africa Proceeds Largely Unhindered

South Africa is in lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but with the necessary permits, EVOO producers continue harvesting.

Sep. 5, 2019

Bonsai Masters: The Art of Olive Bonsai

In South Africa, members of a local bonsai society are taking the ancient Japanese art form and applying it to some of the country's native miniature olive trees.