The 2015/16 financial year was another successful year for the organisation in the quest to implement its five year Strategic Plan as approved by the Executive Authority and the Eastern Cape Legislature. The last financial year also marked the 20th Anniversary of ECSECC as a leader in development planning in the Eastern Cape. ECSECC received an unqualified audit opinion with no matters for the 2015/2016 financial year. This was fourth consecutive year with an unqualified audit for ECSECC.
The organisation’s governance structures like the Board and its sub-committees continued to be functional and held all their statutory meetings and adopted the Annual Performance Plan and the Annual Report as well as in year reports and policies. The Board also attended to its accounting responsibilities through attending the OTP Portfolio committee meetings to present the APP and the Annual Report.
ECSECC, albeit operating in a highly constrained environment in terms of resources, executed a number of initiatives in support of the mandate of the Office of the Premier.
Some highlights include:
- ECSECC multi-agency partnerships work culminated in an ICT in Agriculture mini-Conference held in collaboration with WSU.
- ECSECC facilitated a successful BCMM GDS Summit and supported the development of a long term city strategy
- Partnered CoGTA & other departments to develop an intervention proposal to protect and enhance Sundays River Valley Municipal Citrus Economy and the Local Municipality. As a result of the intervention, ESKOM has provided electricity to the Citrus Export Pack house.
- ECSECC developed a framework for Eastern Cape Operation Phakisa for the Ocean Economy. A successful Operation Phakisa Aquaculture Session was convened, bringing under one roof key stakeholders in the aquaculture sector, which include the following: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (Dedeat), Department of Water and Sanitation, East London IDZ, Coega, ECDC, Port of Port Elizabeth, Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University and coastal local municipalities in the province.
- ECSECC hosted a maritime skills development workshop which was attended by sector stakeholders provincially and by relevant national departments. The workshop agreed on key elements of the maritime skills plan for the sector and there is commitment to collaborative work to fashion the skills in response to the demands of the sector. Co-ordination mechanisms were agreed upon and were recommended to the Executive Council. The maritime skills plan was tabled to and approved by the Executive Council of the province.
- The provincial Infrastructure Plan was completed and submitted to the OTP.
- ECSECC provided development facilitation and content support in the compacting process of the three co-ordinating departments (through the Local Government Task Team established by the Director General in the Office of the Premier) towards a cohesive integrated support to municipalities. To this end ECSECC developed a Local Government Co-ordination Framework.
- The Amathole District Municipality, Chris Hani District Municipality, Buffalo City Municipality, KSD Local Municipality, Mbashe Local Municipality and O.R Tambo District Municipality were supported with content facilitation during their IDP strategy review sessions. The benefit of the support has been to ensure that the provincial socio-economic development agenda espoused in the PDP is infused in the plans of the Municipality.
ECSECC hosts and provides secretarait for the Eastern Cape AIDS Council (ECAC). Some of ECACs highlights include:
- A summit on key populations’ was held in partnership with WSU and ANOVA health and a social ills summit focusing on teenage pregnancy was held in partnership with the provincial Department of Education. ECAC also facilitated a symposium to discuss the draft sexuality policy of the Department of Basic Education and the outcome of this was policy recommendations to DBE.
- The stigma reduction programme was launched in O.R. Tambo District, and the focus was to enhance the capacity of Community Based Organisations to implement the stigma reduction programme. The stigma index research was completed and results were presented to the council.
- A toolkit training on Know Your Epidemic was conducted in partnership with Buffalo City Metro AIDS council, Chris Hani District AIDS council and Sara Baartman AIDS council to support better design of preventino interventions.
- ECAC Coordinated the hosting of the Provincial TB day and a plan to deal with TB challenges at Sarah Baartman District Municipality. A dialogue was held at Joza location as part of a build up towards TB day. TB screening was conducted in two schools in Grahamstown. This resulted in the subsequent visit by the Premier and the Chairperson of the AIDS council, MEC Dyantyi to discuss a plan with the two schools to solve this problem.