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South Africa's Cannabis Market

Thandiwe Fadane,
South Africa High Commission Ottawa

About Thandiwe Fadane

Thandiwe Fadane is the Consul-General of The South African High Commission in Ottawa. Her roles and networks within the South African government span various sections of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria, South Africa, including as Chief Director of Financial Management, Minister at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, USA, Chief Director, Latin America & the Caribbean and Acting Chief Financial Officer, Currently appointed Consul General based in Toronto, Canada. 

Thandiwe spoke at the Canada Africa Business Forum’s Africa Cannabis Market series, where she shared insights on the South African market and its leadership in investment and growth of the Cannabis industry and market in Africa.

Africa’s Cannabis Market Series

The cannabis industry in Africa is rapidly evolving and presents exciting opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs. With diverse climate zones, extensive arable land, and increasing acceptance of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes, Africa is a fertile ground for cannabis cultivation and production. Several African countries are exploring the regulation and legalization of cannabis, which not only offers the potential for economic growth but also holds promise for improving the livelihoods of local communities and addressing social justice issues related to past cannabis prohibition. However, foreign investors should be prepared to navigate varying regulatory frameworks, understand local customs and practices, and contribute to the responsible and sustainable development of Africa’s cannabis industry. Overall, Africa’s cannabis market offers a unique blend of economic potential, social impact, and regulatory challenges, making it an intriguing space for local and foreign stakeholders.


On-Demand Ticket: $99
Free with an Anual Pass



45 minutes

Event Status

This event is in the past and is currently available only On-Demand!