BACKGROUND:        The Moses Kotane Institute is an entity of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government through the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), with a mandate to conduct world class research into training, skills development, and provincial strategies economic sections; to strategically lead innovation and maritime co-ordination and implementation activities to respond to the needs of the provincial economy.


INVITATION:              The Moses Kotane Institute as an implementing agency of EDTEA has been mandated to establish three (3) licenced medical cannabis cultivation sites in rural KwaZulu Natal.

Applications are invited from registered legal entities representing

  • women groups (1 site to be developed)
  • youth groups (1 site to be developed)
  • business groups (1 site to be developed)


The Moses Kotane Institute will be responsible for the construction of the site and licensing of the sites which are to be handed over to operating entities upon licensing.

Post licensing the cultivation sites will be operated/ managed by the beneficiaries as going concerns.

Support includes development of the new cannabis sites, licencing and cannabis specific training in cultivation and South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) Legal Compliance. The Moses Kotane Institute will also provide where necessary both investment readiness training and business incubation support. Applications must be from registered entities in KwaZulu-Natal.


REQUIREMENTS:      Applicants are required to submit a detailed organisation profile, CIPC registration documents, Certified ID Copies of Members of the legal entities, Proof of Residence for members. Certification should not be older than 3 months.

                                    Land requirements/ specifications- (Access to Land is a Prerequisite)

                                    The land/site identified for the project must be publicly owned (i.e. owned by community, CPA, government, or traditional authority).

It must preferably be a minimum of 1 hectare, fairly levelled, secluded from access to the public (particularly children and schools) must have ready access to water and electricity. Proof of Land ownership/Lease or Permission to Occupy, full address and GPS coordinates and images are to be submitted with the applications.

Additional compulsory requirement: The site location should be in form of an accessible google map link, for ease of location and assessment.

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 CORRESPONDENCE: Applications must be submitted to  by no later than 19 December 2020, not later than 5 p.m. Applications not compliant with the prescripts herein, will not be considered.

Applicants will be subject to a police clearance. For any administrative queries contact 031 266 1777. Applicants who have not heard from MKI within 6 weeks from the closing date should consider their application unsuccessful. The institution reserves the right not to appoint.