Rob Templeton. I started working at Goedgedacht 14 years ago and built Goedgedacht Trading from the ground up. I have a B.BusAdmin degree and have had training in Italy in olive propagation, olive grove management and olive oil making. I have qualified as an olive oil taster from the International Olive Oil Council and am the MD of this company.

Michael van den Langenbergh is our new Factory Manager and he brings 12 years experience in oil making to the company. Michael has beaten some of the best oil producers in the world to win awards in the US, Israel and Italy and we are excited by his move to Goedgedacht in 2016.

Vania Vilander is our senior Food Technologist with 15 years experience in the Food Industry as a Microbiologist, QC Manager, Production Manager, QMS Technologist and QA Manager and has been with Kerry Foods, Orley Foods and Eurochoc until joining Goedgedacht in 2015. Vania is a great addition to this team.

Laraine Templeton who joined the company in 2013 has 19 years of Advertising experience and a wide range of valuable skills. She is now managing our sales and logistics and will head up our NPD team.

Emmerentia Pieterse is the companies bookkeeper with 23 years experience in
this field. Rentia is an intergral part of our team and has worked hard to implement new systems and processes within the company.

Logie Soobramoney is the organisations Financial Manager and oversees the companies finances.

Joseline von Wielligh is one of two Factory Supervisors of whom we are incredibly proud. Joseline was nominated as the SA Olive Industry’s Mentee of the year 2015, she sadly did not win the award but continues to impress us with her work ethic and attention to detail.

Jim Wilson is the second of our Factory Supervisors and is a level headed hardworking young man who could really go far. 

Jan La Meyer is our Farm Supervisor and is the epitome of a loyal, trustworthy and hardworking man who single handedly looks after all our commercial farming operations. We are very proud of what Jan has achieved in a short space of time. He leads his farming team from the front.

The rest of our hardworking and loyal team of workers are drawn from the local communities of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West. Both these communities have suffered badly under slavery, colonialism and more recently apartheid. They all have high hopes and huge aspirations to help themselves and their families find a way out of the endless poverty cycles that have impoverished rural communities in this part of the world.