Cannabis use has long been a taboo in South Africa, but opinions are beginning to shift since it became legal for private use. Commercial cultivation for scientific and medical purposes is becoming increasingly acceptable across the continent, with Lesotho, eSwatini, Zimbabwe, and Morocco legalizing the drug over the past few years.
While South Africa is lagging behind their neighbors, the government is now looking at how the commercialization of cannabis can be used to boost the economy, with legislation on the cards aimed at paving the way.
To take advantage of this potentially massive industry, skilled labor will be required, and temporary employment service (TES) providers with experience in the agricultural sector are well positioned to assist.
South Africa has excellent resources and is an ideal climate for the cultivation and commercialization of cannabis production. And global demand for medical cannabis creates significant opportunities. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development estimates that the cannabis industry is worth an estimated R28 billion in South Africa and could create anywhere between 10 000 and 25 000 jobs across the sector.
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