By Edward Tsumele, Cannabis Business Africa Editor
As the Gauteng Cannabis indaba edges closer, having been penciled for June 23, 2021, the Gauteng Department of Economic Development in association with the the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, has released the names of speakers at the first provincial cannabis conference organised by government.
The list includes those already in the business drawn from the private sector as well as officials from the Gauteng Provincial Government.
The webinar titled Unlocking the Gauteng Cannabis Economy-Special Focus on the Regulatory Framework is expected to ignite a robust discussion on this new emerging industry, which is still strewn with legal hurdles as proper regulations governing the industry are not yet in place. This and other issues regarding the licensing process and the inclusion of especially people from disadvantaged backgrounds, women, the youth rural communities in the value chain are currently hot issues in conversations about the cannabis industry. These issues are expected to be raised with government officials during this one day conference and dominate the discussions.
. Gauteng is holding this indaba to prepare itself for when the regulatory issues have been cleared out of the way by the national government, a responsibility that falls on the shoulders of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural development. This department working together with other relevant government departments, such as the Department of Justice, Department of Police and the Department of Health are currently involved in fine tuning a National Cannabis Master Plan. That master plan is currently on the table of Nedlac, but it is not known at what stage the negotiations are at, at the moment.
The objective of the webinar is to provide a platform for dialog between various stakeholders in promoting Cannabis industry n the Gauteng Province, the provincial gover is pitching the conference in that context.
The Gauteng Provincial Government has lined up a powerful list of speakers and panelists listed below as follows:
Ms. Matilda Gasela Head of Department, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD): Opening and welcome
Mr. Parks Tau MEC for Department of Economic Development (DED) and Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD): Keynote address
Ms. Daphney Fafudi Manager at South African Health Products regulatory Authority (SAHPRA): Regulatory Compliance unit: Regulatory framework – Cannabis licensing
Mr. Cecil Mogase Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (national) DALRRD: Regulatory framework – Hemp licensing.
Ms. Dorah Modise Deputy Director General- NRM from GDARD: Panel of discussion on: Unlocking the Gauteng cannabis/hemp economy
Mr. Sibusiso Xaba Chief Executive Officer of ACA Group: Panelist on discussion of: Unlocking the Gauteng cannabis/hemp economy
Mr. Ayanda Bam, Panelist on discussion of: Unlocking the Gauteng cannabis/hemp economy
Ms. Dawn Robertson Acting Head of Department, Gauteng Department of Development-(GDED): Closing remarks.
.Gauteng Cannabis Webinar takes place on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 10am -12.30pm.