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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 ORIGINS & MANDATE

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

  • VISION

    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.
  • ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

    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.

  • STRATEGIC GOVERNANCE SUPPORT

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

  • INFRASTRUCTURE GOVERNANCE

    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.

  • HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

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

  • EASTERN CAPE AIDS COUNCIL

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

  • OPERATIONS & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

    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
Highlights of the Eastern Cape Economy First Quarter 2017
Date Published - 15 Jun 2017

South Africa is in recession. However, none of the nine provinces are in recession. During the first quarter of 2017, South Africa’s economy contracted by 0.7% and the number of people unemployed increased by 433 000. The South African economy moved into recession with the reported decrease of 0.7% in GDP during the first quarter of 2017, following a 0.3% contraction in the fourth quarter of 2016. According to Statistics South Africa, a sharp contraction in both secondary and tertiary sectors tipped South African economy into negative territory in the first quarter of 2017. Trade and manufacturing sectors were the major heavyweights that stifled production, with trade falling by 5.9% and manufacturing by 3.7%.

Latest Publication
Leveraging ICT to increase productivity in the agricultural sector and stimulate rural development

Agriculture is an alluring business which should be embraced with the latest technology. This can be done in almost all farming activities. It will reduce labour requirements and ensure safety of humans in otherwise dangerous activities. This paper discusses some applications of information and communication technology in agriculture. These applications will help in rural development by changing the economic status of rural people. Some specific application areas are discussed. These are land management, animal management, crop management, plant disease detection and irrigation management. The study explores some areas where further development and applications are needed especially in South Africa. It is concluded that adaptation of sophisticated information and communication technologies in agriculture can be advantageous in enhancing food security in South Africa, Africa and the world at large. The decrease in labour in many areas of agriculture can be substituted with relevant technologies. The paper is concluded with the list of further research areas in the use of ICT in agriculture especially in South Africa.

 

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