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Holy Moses: Institute to champion 3 KZN community grow-ops

KwaZulu Natal’s Moses Kotane Institute is to apply for three cannabis growing licenses on behalf of previously disadvantaged groups in the province. 


The Institute has been mandated by the provincial government to identify three new grow sites in rural KZN which would empower:

  • Women’s groups
  • Youth groups
  • Businesses

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Institute to handle licenses and facility construction

The Institute issued a statement on 3 December 2020 saying it would handle the licensing applications for the sites and oversee construction of facilities. These would be handed over to the ‘operating entities’ on completion. Thereafter these beneficiaries would be responsible for operations going forward.  The deadline for applications was on 7 December 2020 and the Institute said it would make an announcement at the end of January 2021.

“The support includes the development of the new cannabis sites, licensing and cannabis-specific training in cultivation to SAHPRA legal compliance. The Moses Kotani University will also provide where necessary investment readiness training and business incubation support.” 


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Applicants need to prove access to communally owned land

It said only entities registered in KZN would be considered and that access to public land was a prerequisite. (community, government or traditional authority).

“It must preferably be a minimum of one hectare, fairly leveled, secluded from public access (particularly children and schools) and must have ready access to water and electricity.” Proof of access and police ‘clearance’ are also required.

The Moses Kotani Institute was initially established in 2007 as a non-profit organization, the South African National Liberation Institute of Technology, Philosophy and Political Science. It was funded primarily by the KZN provincial government which in 2019 repurposed it as a training and development institute focusing primarily on KZN’s needs. Under CEO Thandeka Ellenson, it’s identified cannabis cultivation as a major opportunity to empower previously disadvantaged groups.


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