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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 drop in real GDP growth in 2014 reflected a recent downward trend with South Africa GDP growth declining from 3.2% in 2011 to 1.5% in 2014.

  • Addressing Unemployment, Poverty and inequality in Eastern Cape

    Poverty is an important headline figure in measuring changes in socio-economic development. Poverty in the province is still high but at least, it has been reduced from 67.9% in 2007 to 56.5% in 2014.

  • Inflation rate in South Africa and in Eastern Cape

    In December 2015 the Eastern Cape inflation rate increased to 5.3% year-on-year (y/y) from 5.1% y/y in the previous month. The Eastern Cape inflation rate for this month was higher than the South African inflation rate (5.2% y/y) and the national headline inflation rate (5.2%).

  • Share & Percentage Change in EC Annual GDP

    In 2015, Agriculture and Construction sectors grew the most (3.0%) but their contributions to the economy are insignificant. Electricity is the only sector that declined to 0.8%. Mining is the smallest sector in the EC economy, it contributed 0.3% to the economy and grew by 0.2%. Government remains the largest sector in the economy and its growth is commendable.

  • % 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 2008/2009recession. 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
Unemployment increases marginally in the 4th quarter of 2016
Date Published - 15 Feb 2017

The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) for the fourth quarter of 2016 released by Statistics South Africa indicated that the number of people employed in the Eastern Cape grew by 5 000 jobs Quarter-on-Quarter (QoQ). The number of job seekers grew by 9 000 QoQ resulting in a slight increase in the unemployment rate by 0.2 of a percentage point to 28.4% in 2016Q4 from 28.2% in 2016Q3.

Latest Publication
Perspectives on Eastern Cape Industrialization

Working paper 20, “Perspectives on Eastern Cape Industrialisation”, is part of a body of work developed by ECSECC over many years on industrialisation in the Eastern Cape. This Working Paper reviews the provincial and national manufacturing industry and places this in a global context. It focuses on three industrial segments of particular relevance to Eastern Cape: advanced agriculture, transport equipment and non-automotive manufacturing.



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