By 2026, the South African cannabis industry is estimated to be worth R406 million, a
significant increase from the R87 million recorded in 2021. This growth is, however,
expected to be accelerated by the entrants of innovative players like ImpiloVest. This
Western Cape-based complementary and alternative medicine holdings company has its
eyes set on creating a more holistic approach for consumers, from source to shelf.
Following his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February, President Cyril
Ramaphosa announced that steps would be taken to reform hemp and cannabis, and
departmental budgets will be revised accordingly.
In recent years, patients, consumers, and society have become more educated on cannabis,which has resulted in the industry recording significant growth. According to a Wesgro report,the licensing framework for the cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis will open new investment opportunities in South Africa. Aside from its agricultural strengths, the Western Cape is rapidly becoming Africa’s leader in pharmaceutical research and healthcare innovations.
While Ramaphosa’s announcement is welcomed, ImpiloVest’s Business Development Director,Paul Nunes, says the government must establish a legal framework for the industry to thrive from a commercial perspective. “Finding common ground and synergy between all departmental functions will be critical for growth to happen in the sector in the coming months.
Despite this, Nunes said the cannabis giant is determined to forge ahead with achieving its
aspirations, having secured joint ventures in the European Union, South America, and the Far East. “With the goal of achieving a R1 billion turnover within the next five years, we will continue to strive to be at the forefront of the cannabis market in South Africa and take advantage once a legal framework is defined by the government. The group already has promising agreements in place with overseas partners to allow for our businesses to meet their commercial targets.”
ImpiloVest’s business structure comprises three divisions: cultivation, manufacturing, and retail. Two of the businesses within the group, Afriplex, and Medreleaf, are both well-established names in the pharmaceutical and, more specifically, the Cannabis industry. Between them, they hold licences for cultivation, processing, and exportation, with Afriplex being the first company in South Africa to receive a Cannabis processing licence. With these capabilities, other Impilovest businesses, such as Releaf Pharmaceuticals can benefit from this vertically integrated approach by commercialising cannabis offerings for patients.
Interestingly, research shows that between 70% and 80% of South Africans use traditional and natural therapies and products to manage chronic diseases and common illnesses. ImpiloVest knows this, and through its collaborations, the leading cannabis giant strives to meet the needs of consumers through trusted health solutions. This is emphasised in its name, “impilo” when translated means “health”.
Nunes says, “The scientific expertise of our team allows us to manufacture products that are compliant with the regulatory and quality standards of different countries. Partnerships with industry leaders remain part of our commitment to driving growth. The current shareholders have committed to a five-year expansion plan and a significant number of international investors are interested in our company. There will be an expansion of the cannabis value chain across all businesses, not only in South Africa but internationally as well.”
ImpiloVest was founded to provide a holistic approach to creating value throughout the entire supply chain of health and wellness companies. Our business model is founded on a vision to create value from source to shelf by providing quality solutions in health and wellness. We focus on innovation and technology to unlock opportunities and grow businesses throughout their value chains. We believe this will allow us to transform industries and make a positive impact on people’s lives, communities, and the environment.
Our mission is to create global health and wellness solutions.
We partner with like-minded companies that are committed to protecting our planet, supporting human rights, and promoting fair labour practices. Our partners are aligned with our principles and support us in strengthening our purpose. The ImpiloVest model has been proven to deliver exceptional financial results, in addition to social upliftment and empowerment of communities