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hemp industry 101
4 evenings: 6pm - 8pm

This online Hemp Industry 101 course that is delivered over four evening sessions is designed for those interested in joining the emerging Hemp industry in South Africa and across the continent. The South African government has opened up the applications for Hemp Licenses since 1 October 2021 and there is a real opportunity for SME’s, entrepreneurs and hemp enthusiasts to enter the space. The Hemp industry is dynamic, complex and multifaceted and to successfully navigate it one needs to up-skill themselves with the necessary knowledge and insights.

This online Zoom course is facilitated by some of the sharpest minds in the Hemp industry.


- The history of Hemp in Africa and its current status
- Growing Hemp from seed to harvest
- Hemp processing
- Hemp product manufacturing
- Opportunities in the Hemp industry value chain
- Building a sustainable African Hemp industry
- Full Q&A

Next course dates for 2023:
7th & 8th and 14th & 15th March
6th & 7th and 13th & 14th June
10th & 11th and 17th & 18th Oct

Session times:
6pm - 8pm

Stable internet connection & data

Contact us for bespoke dates and formats for groups (evening or day time sessions)

Hemp Industry101 Course


By the end of this Hemp Industry 101 learning experience, attendees will have an understanding of: 

  • Hemp genetics
  • Agronomic practices for Hemp
  • Agri-climatic zones and conditions for Hemp
  • Essential nutrients
  • The agro-ecological value of Hemp
  • The importance of agro-rural farmer integration
  • Manufacturing process and infrastructure requirements for Hemp-based products
  • Different Hemp applications including building material and food processing
  • Case Study: Sustainable Hemp architecture
  • Commercialization of the Hemp industry
  • Hemp market analysis
  • Viability of hemp-based product development
  • Economies of scale for Hemp farming
  • Circular and green economies

Meet your facilitator & Lecturers

Tony Budden Hemporium

Planting the Seed
Welcome video: Tony Budden

Tony is considered by many to be the African godfather of hemp having fought for its legalisation for over 20 years. He is a founding partner of Hemporium, South Africa’s premier hemp company. Hemporium has been pioneering the use of industrial cannabis products since 1996 and built Africa’s first Hemp House, which is a recognised WDC 2014 project. We are privileged to have him as a member of Cheeba Cannabis Academy's academic board.

Natie Ferreira Tamatie

Growing the Seed
Lecturer: Natie Ferreira

Natie’s 18 years of experience in the green industry as a beautifier, project manager and producer has brought him to the place where horticulture and agriculture meet. He has extensive knowledge and experience of farming and growing Hemp and Cannabis and is a driving force in the industry. He is a founding member and treasurer of the Cannabis Industrial Development Cooperative of the Western Cape (CIDC WC) a founding member and chairman of the Association of Compassion (AOC) and runs Tamatie,  a company that we have partnered with to teach advanced growing: 
- Advanced Grow Workshop
- Commercial Cannabis Cultivation

Clara Novel Swedish Hemp Industries

Harnessing Hemp
Lecturer: Clara Norell

Clara is the owner of Swedish Hemp Industries, a consultancy that works with hemp fibers/stems as sustainable fossil-free innovative bio-based materials/applications for different industries. She is a structural and civil engineer, spends her time between Sweden and South Africa where she lives in Gugulethu township. She also plays a key role in the Industrial Hemp Online Conference - Innovation for a Bio-based and Fossil Free Future.

Phivo Artemides

Sharing the Harvest
Facilitator / Lecturer: Phivo Artemides

Phivo holds a Masters in Urban Studies in Sustainable Energy Efficient Cities. His research was on the viability of hemp agriculture to create bio-composite materials whilst addressing agro-rural socio-economic opportunities in the Eastern Cape. Phivo is part of the Cheeba Cannabis Academy academic team and heads up the hemp department. 

Ayanda Bam Friends of Hemp South Africa

Giving the Plant Potential
Lecturer:  Moses Mlangeni

Moses Mlangeni holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Economics at the University of Zululand. He has over 20 years work experience as a financial journalist, lecturer and government economist. Moses Mlangeni was involved in government hemp cultivation trials in the Eastern Cape province in South Africa and has extensive knowledge on cannabis and hemp. He has a wide network of experts in government, private sector and academia, locally and internationally.

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