CDCSA Main Objectives:
- To facilitate an enabling environment for the cannabis industry in SA to grow develop and thrive
- To ensure that the abundance of the cannabis plant is made available to the majority of our people as a tool for broad-based socio-economic development
- To develop an inclusive self-regulating Cannabis Industry Association with duly elected representatives to regulate and control the cannabis industry of South Africa.
Secondary Objectives are to:
- To represent the views of the provincial cannabis development council bodies and provide a united platform to bring forward to voice of the unheard, poor and marginalised.
- To assist in the development of an enabling legislative framework for parliament to adopt related to industrial & medical cannabis, indigenous knowledge systems and responsible adult use that is fair, equal and equitable especially to the poor and marginalised.
- Protect the SA cannabis industry from being exploited or dominated by foreign corporations
- Ensure inclusivity and that all people have the opportunity to benefit from the plant by assisting individuals, communities, SMME’s to enter the cannabis market.
- Make South Africa a world class economy through maximum exploration and exploitation of the potential in cannabis as a natural renewable resource
- To integrate and operate on the principles of equality, self-reliance, self-help, self-responsibility and social responsibility.
- Manage, maintain and administer the financial activities of the NCIASA
- To govern the raising of funds and their use for the furtherance of NCIASA
- To create a set of principles for governance of the NCIASA
- Meet legal conditions for the establishment and management of a collective bank account in South Africa
CDCSA Projects / Offerings / Programmes:
- Develop and maintain a central industry database of all participants throughout the value chain.
- To develop agriculture hub models and villages around cannabis as an agricultural commodity that includes processing adding value, packaging and distribution.
- Enforce Intellectual Property and Indigenous Knowledge rights to ensure that the cannabis economy is shared equitably among all the people of South Africa, rewarding those that invest knowledge and resources.
- Research and development towards sustainable models, cultivar development, safety, efficacy and quality control studies, commercial exposure, laboratories, compliance, skills and technology transfer.
- Provide Laboratory services for ensure product standardisation including potency, microbial analysis, heavy metals and pesticides.
- To coordinate licencing, certification and accreditation services to the industry.
- Provide agronomy support for cultivation and primary processing services for medical, fibre, biomass, seed and oil as well as logistics.
- Legal support for members
- To document and map all existing cannabis farmers, what they farm, where they farm, their focus and what support they require to scale up.
- Develop and maintain Cannabis as a national brand and develop awareness materials, advertising campaigns, public engagement & consultation, social media, TV, and Newspaper presence.
CDC Eastern Cape:
In the light of the imminent legalization of the medical cannabis industry; The Zubenathi Trust took a resolution to consult key public and private sector stakeholders in the Cannabis industry to form a Cannabis Developing Council of South Africa (CDCSA).
To this end the Zubenathi Trust first approached the Eastern Cape Premiers office to support the setting up of the CDCSA and position the Eastern Cape as South Africa’s pioneering Cannabis Agro-processing Hub.
Armed with an in principle buy in from the Premier office, Zubenathi Trust started the process of consulting with some non government stakeholders with vested interest in Cannabis. The stakeholders that where consulted including: Traditional leaders (The Khonjwayo Traditional Council); Traditional Healers (The Traditional Healers Organization) Organization, Spiritual formations like the RasTafari (Nyahbinghi National Council) as well as cannabis enterprises like Hemporium, House of Hemp, Indalo Hemp Forum, Canna Culture SA, Stella Connect and other affected development organizations like East London Industrial Development Zone.
It is envisaged that the first task of the CDCSA working committee will be to consult further and include all relevant non government stakeholders in the cannabis community including others with IKS rights to cannabis (Traditional leaders, traditional healers, traditional spiritual formations); other private sector industry players, farming community, development workers, investors, service providers, and all affected parties, The CDCSA will be an all inclusive allowing everyone from the private to participate and contribute towards the forming of a cannabis regulatory authority that ensures equal and equitable opportunity to access legal permits and license.
The CDCSA will also solicit submissions from many other South Africans which will be able to participate in an online public consultation that will be set up under the CDCSA.org.za website for public comment.