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The Cannabis Business Opportunity

​Presented with Cheeba Cannabis Academy in association with the Cannabis Organisation of the University of Pretoria (COUP)

The Cannabis industry is on many peoples lips at the moment and while international trends have provided us with good insight into its growth potential,  how viable is the industry in the South African context and where are the potential opportunities?  This Forum will explore some of the current industry challenges and barriers; and will focus on assessing the supply chain and which elements need development in order to ensure the industry can truly come online and realise its potential.  It will unpack the types of businesses in the industry, the different sectors, their roles and where the potential opportunities lie for investors and entrepreneurs. 

Date: 24 June

Time: 12:00

Facilitator: Trenton Birch - CEO Cheeba Africa


Tebogo Tlhopane- Chairman CTAA 
Serial entrepreneur Tebogo Tlhopane is the owner and CEO of Biomuti (Pty) Ltd, a healthcare business that specialises in complimentary medicine, including cannabis. He is also the Chairman of the Cannabis Traders Association, an organisation that strives to recognise and regulate cannabis related products for health and wellbeing, paving a way forward for this job creating sector.

Sibusiso Xaba -CEO African Cannabiz Advisor
Sibusiso Xaba is the co-founder and CEO of ACA Group. He is a seasoned finance professional, having worked at Goldman Sachs and Investec in London over 8 years. He has extensive experience covering Africa, specialising in capital markets, debt structuring and syndication, venture capital fundraising, hedging solutions and portfolio management. Sibusiso has worked with African governments, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, pension funds and asset managers over his career, closing transactions worth over $5bn. Sibusiso is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Business Science Degree from the University of Cape Town. He is also an Allan Gray Fellow.

Pierre van der Hoven - CEO Silverleaf Investments
Pierre’s career started at the SABC where he held various financial and strategic positions. Since 2016 Pierre has been increasingly focused on the Cannabis and Hemp industries closely monitoring international and local developments and identifying opportunities for Africa. Pierre is currently consulting in the industry, and is involved in a number of companies in the industry. Since late 2017 Pierre has worked extensively with numerous civil society stakeholders in the industry including the Cannabis Development Council (CDC), Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) and the African Cannabis Industry Association (ACIA).

Brett Hilton-Barber - Founder Cannabiz Africa 
Brett Hilton-Barber (63) is the founder and publisher of Cannabiz Africa, an online breaking news and content service focussing on the emerging legal African cannabis market. Hilton-Barber is a media veteran and entrepreneur. He has  B.Journ degree from Rhodes University (1978)  and as worked as a freelancer for the Rand Daily Mail,  BBC, Agency France Press and involved with start up media ventures, Vula and Lowveld Business and Farming in the 80’s. He then worked at Primedia as political editor (covering the Mandela era) and news editor before playing a key role in launching Cape Talk Radio where he was the station’s first programme manager, then acting station manager before developing’s content strategy. He then purchased tourism souvenir and publishing company, Art Publishers. Brett ’s publishing experience includes 8 books, including three on human origins with Prof Lee Berger from Wits University, and four books on the wildlife of Kruger. He sold Art Publishers in 2019 and relocated from Cape Town to his farm near Tzaneen in Limpopo from where he currently publishes Cannabiz Africa.  

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