The Ecocert Southern Africa Team


Ecocert Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd was registered in 2002 and is the only organic certification body with a dedicated office in Southern Africa (situated in Stellenbosch). The company’s head office in France, established in 1991, was one of the pioneers of organic certification. We are an energetic and dynamic team who pride ourselves on quick communication response times and friendly service in English or Afrikaans.

Our service offer includes:

  • Organic certification for the following standards:
    • EOS (Ecocert Organic Standard: for exports to Europe and associated countries)
    • NOP (National Organic Program: for exports to USA and Canada)
    • JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard: for exports to Japan)
    • Konkuk (Korean Organic Standard: for exports to Korea)
    • Naturland private organic standard
    • Bio Suisse private standard (Switzerland)
  • Organic inspection for the following projects:
    • Plant production
    • Livestock and beekeeping
    • Wild harvesting
    • Processing
    • Export
  • Green spaces (Ecological certification for gardens, golf courses, parks, open areas etc.) 
  • Fair For Life and For Life (Fair Trade standards)
  • Attestation of inputs for use in organic agriculture
  • Training and consultation

Our office can perform inspections in the following countries:

  • South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Mozambique
  • Zambia
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Botswana
  • Swaziland

Contact us for a free quotation: or call us on 021 8832299 / 062 822 3072. You can also visit our facebook page ( to follow what we are up to.




Dr. Marianna Smith

Dr. Marianna Smith (General Manager and Certification Decision Officer)

The office is headed by Dr. Smith, who completed her doctorate in sub-Antarctic ecology. She has a wide knowledge base in social auditing and the commercialization of alternative crops. She has experience in setting up quality control at small rural enterprises and consulted to companies interested in organic and Fair Trade certification. Marianna joined Ecocert in 2013 as certification officer and in October 2014 she took the additional task as General Manager of the office on her shoulders. Under her management the office expanded in size; both in clients and inspectors. The welfare of the local Ecocert team and excellent service to clients is the determining success factor.

Hendrik Louw

Hendrik Louw (Certification Decision Officer and Auditor)

Hendrik has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management. He joined Ecocert in 2014 as an inspector and in January 2017 was appointed as Certification Decision Officer. Hendrik is qualified to do EOS, NOP, JAS and Konkuk audits and specializes in livestock.

Daniel Kotze

Daniël Kotze (Inputs Manager and Auditor)

Daniël studied BSc Conservation Ecology and MSc Plant Pathology at Stellenbosch University. He started working at Ecocert in October 2015 and has since qualified to do EOS, NOP, JAS and Konkuk inspection. He manages the attestation of inputs (fertilizers and pesticides) allowed in organic agriculture and is also a qualified auditor in this field. In his free time, he is a keen birdwatcher, hiker and photographer.

Kobus Kellermann

Kobus Kellerman (Auditor)

Kobus studied MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainablility from the University of Cape Town after a BSc degree in Conservation Ecology at the University of Stellenbosch. Kobus is a qualified organic and Fair for Life (fair trade) auditor. He specializes in beekeeping and wild harvesting inspections.

Lauren le Roux

Lauren le Roux (Auditor) 

Alta Zietsman

Alta Zietsman (Auditor)

Shani Hugo

Shani Hugo (Administrative Assistant)

Prof. Valdon Smith

Prof. Valdon Smith (Freelance Auditor)

Zander Venter (Freelance Auditor)

Our only livestock inspector is passionate about bridging the gap between scientific research and its application to sustainable organic agriculture. He is pursuing a PhD in sustainable livestock management which has informed his interest in organic livestock production.

Jacques Smit (Freelance Auditor)