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The Eastern Cape Socio Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) was founded in order to foster meaningful partnerships between the key stakeholders of the province.
The labour movement, organised business, developmental non-Governmental organisations and the Government, are the key components of the Council.

    ECSECC was founded in July 1995 as an institutional mechanism to foster new relationships between the key stakeholders of the Eastern Cape Province.


    ECSECC strives for a poverty free Eastern Cape where everyone benefits equitably from the economy and realise their human potential.

  • GOAL

    To facilitate effective and efficient administration and governance and to be a socio-economic knowledge hub for the Eastern Cape Province.

ECSECC is a knowledge organisation that develops strategic, actionable insights and solutions that are evidence based, catalytic and embedded through strategic social mobilization.
Our work is premised on knowledge generation, analysis and adaptation to inform strategy and development options.

    The Economic Governance programme consists of a team of agile individuals who are working in key areas designed to support economic growth and development in the province.


    The programme focuses on support to the Office of the Premier, Provincial Government departments and Local Government in the field of development planning.


    This is a stand-alone programme to respond to ECSECC's mandate to mobilise and coordinate stakeholders to drive a common provincial infrastructure agenda in the Eastern Cape.


    The Human Resources Development Programme drives education and training initiatives that aim to build human capability for economic growth in the Eastern Cape.


    Established in 2000, the Eastern Cape AIDS Council, (ECAC) operates independently of government.


    The purpose of this programme is to make sure ECSECC remains the information hub of the province.

The Eastern Cape is a province of rich heritage and cultural diversity marked by rugged coastlines of unspoilt natural beauty, forests and bush.
It is South Africa's second-largest province after the Northern Cape with a population of around 6.5-million people. Port Elizabeth is the largest city and an important harbour.
  • World Economic Outlook: 2010 - 2018

    Emerging market and developing economies reached the bottom level of 4.0% growth in 2015 from 4.6% in the previous year; and thereafter forecasted to rebound at 4.5% in 2016 and 5.1% in 2018.

  • % Change in Annual Gross Domestic Product

    The Eastern Cape economy contracted by 0.3 of a percentage point to 0.7% year-on-year (y/y) in 2016, lower than 1.1% in the previous year. The negative growth experienced by the Eastern Cape economy in 2015 was due to negative growth in the following sectors: Agriculture (6.3% y/y), Mining (4.6% y/y), Electricity (1.1% y/y) and Manufacturing (0.2% y/y). GDP Annual Growth Rate in the Eastern Cape averaged 2.5% y/y from 1996 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of 5.3% in 2007 and a record low of -1.0% in 2009

  • Addressing Unemployment, Poverty and inequality in Eastern Cape

    Poverty is an important figure in measuring changes in socio-economic development. Poverty levels in the Eastern Cape are still high but the poverty levels have been declining from 68.6% in 2007 to 63.5% in 2015.

  • Inflation rate in South Africa and in Eastern Cape

    The Eastern Cape inflation rate for this month declined significantly by 0.9 of a percentage point to 4.9% y/y in June 2017, from 5.8% y/y in the previous month. The decline in inflation implies that more disposable income for consumers to spend. This was the lowest inflation rate since October 2015 (4.8%). Inflation rate in the province continues to remain within Reserve Bank’s target range.

  • Share & Percentage Change in EC Annual GDP

    In 2015, Finance (1.8% y/y), Construction (1.3% y/y) and Government (1.1% y/y) sectors experienced growth rate above 1%, whereas Transport, Community Services and Trade sectors experienced growth rate less than 1%. The sectors that experienced negative growth were Manufacturing (-0.2% y/y), Electricity (-1.1%), Mining (-4.6% y/y) and Agriculture (-6.3% y/y). In the 2015, the three largest contributing sectors in the Eastern Cape economy towards GDP were Government (22.8%), Finance (20.2%) and Trade (19.7%).

  • % change in the seasonally adjusted quarterly GDP by industry

    South Africa grew by 0.7% (QoQ) and the Eastern Cape by 1.5%. The Eastern Cape escaped the recession due to growth in Manufacturing, Trade and Finance sectors. In 3Q2015, five provinces were technically in recession: Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Free State and North West. Well off provinces (GT – KZN – WC) escaped the recession. The Eastern Cape and the country as a whole also escaped the recession.

  • Official Unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape and in South Africa: 1996 - 2014

    The labour market has not recovered from the 2008/2009 recession. Between 2003 and 2008, the official unemployment rate in the country and in the province came down but after the recession it continued to grow as the economy fails to create new jobs.

  • Official Unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape and in South Africa, Quarterly data

    The labour market has not recovered from the 2008/2009 recession. Between 2003 and 2008, the official unemployment rate in the country and in the province came down but after the recession it continued to grow as the economy fails to create new jobs.

Latest News & Events
700 jobs go up in illegal smoke
Date Published - 15 Nov 2017

The Eastern Cape is one of the country’s top producers of illegal cigarettes – a trade that has contributed to a tax revenue loss of more than R14-billion, and more than 700 jobs lost nationally in the past year. This was revealed at a symposium on illicit tobacco trade in East London on the 15 November 2017.

Latest Publication
Alfred Nzo District Municipality Socio-Economic Review and Outlook 2017

The report reflects on the current socio-economic trends in Alfred Nzo District Municipality with the view of providing a strong conceptual and empirical basis for policy-making. It provides the demographic patterns, labour dynamics, economic developments, and other socio economic indices related to the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Reports for all district and local municipalities are available in the Information Centre.



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