Cannabis cultivator Medigrow locates to Coega  Cannabis cultivator Medigrow locates to Coega 
Cannabis cultivator Medigrow is located in the Coega Special Economic Zone in Gqeberha. Established in 2017, Medigrow has established 14 medicinal cannabis farms across... Cannabis cultivator Medigrow locates to Coega 

Cannabis cultivator Medigrow is located in the Coega Special Economic Zone in Gqeberha.

Established in 2017, Medigrow has established 14 medicinal cannabis farms across the country. Medigrow’s newest facility, located in Zone 3 of the Coega SEZ, positions the Eastern Cape as the Cannabis industrial hub of South Africa. 

Speaking on the project’s socio-economic impact, Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Lubabalo Mabuyane explained that thousands of jobs would be created in the sector over the next few years: “The investment represents the biggest investment in this subsector in the province. The initial investment pledge of over R100 million for 2024 to commence with the indoor growing, packaging, extraction, and cigarette manufacturing operations will create about 90 direct employment opportunities. 

The Coega SEZ Medigrow facility will be used to cultivate indoor medicinal cannabis strains, inclusive of processing and packaging for domestic and export markets. With a goal to establish a network of superior cannabis producers in South Africa, Medigrow envisions that cannabis will become a widely accepted form of medicine. 

MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Mlungisi Mvoko emphasised the significant impact of welcoming new investments into the economy: “The launch of yet another investment holds promise for job creation, especially in areas where cannabis cultivation is prevalent. These linkages serve to strengthen the economy by providing a ready market for local producers. Furthermore, this investment marks the beginning of a broader initiative, signalling the potential for further economic expansion. Establishing such ventures also nurtures connections with other regions, such as the Province of the Western Cape, and supports various processing activities,” said Mvoko. 

During the event, Premier Mabuyane announced opportunities for farmers and various research and development programmes that will be implemented. 

Medigrow joins Coega SEZ’s burgeoning agro-processing sector, joining Dynamic Commodities, the Natural Fibre Hub, and Coega Biomass. 

Antoinette Panton

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