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Located in the scenic Amathole region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, Essential Amathole has been established to produce a range of organic essential oils and medicinal plant extracts and products for the global, national & local markets.

The Company is currently expanding its propagation and cultivation expansion in phase 3. The area under essential oil plant cultivation currently has increased from 5 to 25 hectares. The trial sites have been closed and the scale up is at Phandulwazi farm, Mazotshweni village, along the valley next to the picturesque Thyume river as well as at Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry's Farm next to the Keiskamma river.

The Amathole region is geographically and climatologically diverse, with rainfall ranging from 500mm per annum in the drier valleys to over 1 000mm per annum on the escarpment. This allows for the production of a varied range of essential oil crops.

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The company is part of the growing essential oils industry in South Africa, and brings its benefits to a part of the country that needs it most. Essential Amathole is based on an innovative community-private-public partnership model, which benefits the local community by creating sustainable jobs through the cultivation and production of essential oils and related products. ?It is estimated that at full commercial production the company will create 300 permanent jobs and will bring additional income through empowerment mechanisms to families in the villages in the Tyume, Keiskamma and Kat River valleys.


The team responsible for creating and establishing Essential Amathole

From left to right, Prof Mike Magwa (Director), Mr Tshezi Mafanya (Chairman), Mr Ian Weir (CEO), Dr Crispian Olver (Finance Director), Mr Mpumi Fundam, Ms Vanessa Kruger, and Mr Pumezo Lupuwana (Director).