About ECSECC

What we stand for

The Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) was founded in 1995, in order to foster meaningful partnerships between the key stakeholders of the province. The council strives to facilitate sustainable development encompassing – economic, social and environmental factors.

 

ECSECC embraces innovative thinking and productive stakeholder partnerships that enable economic development in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Sustainable development is the pathway to a fair future for all.

 

The interactive timeline provides a rich library of what ECSECC has produced over this period.

  1. 1994-1996

    During this period,  poverty, unemployment and inequality  were the main challenges of the South African Government.  Economic and Development policies were developed. 

    The role players in the Province of the Eastern Cape's attempt in achieving Reconstruction and Development saw that it  was necessary to achieve this  through the leading and enabling role of the state, a thriving private sector and the active involvement of all role players in civil society. 

    A decision to ensure that the economic objectives are achieved through transparent participatory and accountable policy-making  procedures in both public and private sector was made. 

    ECSECC was established as a formal cooperative council to foster a new relationship between key stakeholders of the EC province, the Labour Movement, Organised Business, Developmental Non-Governmental Organisations and Government.

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:

    RDP 

    GEAR 




  2. 1998-2000

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    Difficulties faced by the provincial government in effectively delivering service for the people of the Eastern Cape, Unsuitable environment in the province might be keeping investors away, circumstances began to put a strain on relations between stakeholders in EC. Formation of ECSECC was seen as a way of combining and taking forward various pre-elections forums in new circumstances....

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:

    Alice LED Strategy

    East Cape Economy at Glance

    Department of Education Baseline Conditions for the period 1994- Mid 1997

    Local Economic Development in the Eastern Cape: A People Driven Option- Discussion Document  

    LED Choices in Port Elizabeth: Top-down or Bottom-up LED?

    Local Economic Development - Butterworth

    Local Economic Development  - Stutterheim

    Restructuring Local Government in the Eastern Cape - A discussion Document 

    Survey of Local Business Service Centres in the Eastern Cape 

    The Rise and Fall of Butterworth 

    Whittlesea: socio-economic profile and led strategy report

    Wild Coast SDI Anchor Areas Institutional Review 

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:

    Butterworth Regional Economic and Development Summit

    Rural Development Summit

  3. 2001-2003

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    PGDS

    The purpose of this strategy was to achieve integrated planning. The focus was on budgeting in Provincial Government and to ensure alignment of strategic plans with policy priorities.

    The key pillars of this strategy were
    Job Creation
    Investment in people
    Redistribution of Income
    Prevention of Crime
    Efficient and effective public service

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:

    The Challenge of Poverty and Inequality, Economic Growth and Development Challenges , Service Delivery Challenges

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:

    Rapid Review of LED in the Eastern Cape 

    LED options for Karoo Region 

    Nkonkobe Regeneration Study 


  4. 2004-2005

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:

    "The period 2004-2009 saw a focus on new intergovernmental and stakeholder compacts, aimed at reviving the spirit of the 1994. Reconstruction and Development Programme. The term saw the launch of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan, as well as the hosting of a provincial Jobs Summit in 2006 followed by Growth and Development Summits in all districts, aimed at creating new partnerships and coalitions to develop the economy. This was, in the main, a period of unprecedented economic growth, in which unemployment began to decline." (ECSECC 20 year review report) 

    PGDP Framework

    PGDP

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:

    This was a period of creating a balance  and consolidation - putting systems and capacity in place for a functioning provincial administration. Steps were taken to improve the operational efficiency of the provincial administration and a number of initiatives were launched to address very specific challenges, with mixed effect. 

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:

    Development of the PMU,

    PGDP Summit 

    PGDP Summit Report 


  5. 2006-2007

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    ASGISA

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:

    The period 2004-2009 saw a focus on new intergovernmental and stakeholder compacts, aimed at reviving the spirit of the 1994 . Reconstruction and Development Programme. The term saw the launch of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan, as well as the hosting of a provincial Jobs Summit in 2006 followed by Growth and Development Summits in all districts, aimed at creating new partnerships and coalitions to develop the economy. This was, in the main, a period of unprecedented economic growth, in which unemployment began to decline.

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Job Summit - Feb 2006

  6. 2008-2009

    The period 2009-2014 - - the fourth term of government, began against the backdrop of the hard hitting global economic recession, which quickly undid many of the economic gains of the earlier period. . It was, however, in line with national government’s counter-cyclical fiscal stance, a five-year period that saw heightened levels of public investment in economic infrastructure in the province, and greater alignment of the allocative decisions of national government and state owned entities with provincial development priorities. In this respect, and in spite of the weak and uncertain global and national economic outlook, there emerged this term the recognition that with the right policy measures and partnerships, the province could escape its historic and path dependent status as a labour sending province.

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:

    Job losses from global recession, marginal reduction in poverty, some progress in social progress in social and basic services, large backlogs for the majority of the working class, strong impact of HIV and AIDS on social life in the province…

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:
    Assesment of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP)

    Jobs Summit Review,

    Development of the cooperative development programme of the EC- Baseline study and facilitate cooperative strategy for EC,

    PIDS

    Post GDS support,

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Leadership Dialogue Session

    Policy Formulation Dialogue Session

    Land Summit Report


  7. 2010-2011

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    NGP

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    Need to transform the structure of the provincial economy and diversify out of the reliance on the auto sector through a medium range industrial strategy. Need to transform the underdeveloped agrarian economy and former Bantustan areas through Rural development strategy , The ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic . Capacity constraints and systemic weakness in key departments(especially education and health) and municipalities charged with social wage and basic services mandate, in a context of increasing service delivery protest . urgent need to build the necessary state capacity to actively leverage resources for economic and industrial development in the province . Job creation , leverage necessary resources our catalytic transport and logistics projects. Support to planning Commission

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Economic and Rural Development Programme, Infrastructure Development Planning,

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:
    Support to distressed companies

    Manufacturing Survey,

    Buffalo City Metro Strategic Support

    Support to FET

    ECAC development partnership Summit

    Transport Master Plan

    Priority package for Transnet

    CHDM water and Rural Summit,

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Party and State in post-colonial Africa

    Democracy and Civil Society

  8. 2012-2013

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    NDP - VISION 2030

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    The province needs to reposition itself in the national minerals- based economy and global logistics chains. This will mean upgrading ports , rail, roads, ICT AND energy infrastructure, which will enable the necessary modernization and industrialization of the modern economy. Continued support to planning Commission


  9. 2014-2015

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    Eastern Cape Vision 2030 Provincial Development Plan (PDP)

  10. 2016-2017

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    VISION 2030


    ECSECC continued to provide a strategic crossing point with a range of public and private institutions and organisations in the development space to ensure alignment of policy, strategy and implementation. ECSECC, in the recent past, has developed capabilities not only for planning but for programme conceptualisation, execution planning, implementation facilitation and oversight. ECSECC continues to play an even greater role in strategic compacting for the implementation of the new provincial development plan through supporting implementation through project development and planning. As an enabler and facilitator for development planning and partnerships, ECSECC will bring to bear its capabilities not only in the sphere of strategy development but also on practical programmes and projects.ECSECC continues to strengthen its knowledge management capacity and is thus providing evidence based policy and strategic advice to the provincial government and its stakeholders.


  11. 2017-2018

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    The Eastern Cape has a large and complex public sector, comprising provincial departments and agencies, municipalities, national department activities in the province (such as police, courts and prisons) and state-owned enterprise activities (such as electricity, ports and roads). Public sector activity is a major economic driver in the province, and the main economic driver in the former homeland areas. While there are "pockets of excellence” within the public-sector system, there are serious issues around the poor general quality of public services and the lack of value for money from public-sector expenditures. In some areas there are bloated bureaucracies and in others (such as doctors and nurses) people are over-worked. Interventions are under way to bring down the ratio of compensation of employees to the fiscus, with particular emphasis on scaling down administrative costs

    While the historical reasons for development and underdevelopment in the Eastern Cape remain the main cause of continued low rankings in terms of social and economic development, it is necessary to recognise that institutions of the state, private sector and civil society work in a dynamic, interconnected and fast-changing environment. The current age is transitional and characterised by vulnerability, complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity. That is, we are living in world characterised by rapid change, greater diversity, growing divides, increasing disruptions, higher levels of distrust, realignment of power and sharp contradictions. 

    Technology development is creating major opportunities for innovation and efficiency, as well as new challenges for governance and in the labour market. While there are regional and country-specific conditions, broad global trends indicate that there are major changes in the global economy, the physical environment and, the status and expectations of individuals that needs to be better understood. 

    ECSECC continues to analyse the context to guide strategic decision-making in the province.


    NDP - VISION 2030

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENSIONS:

    At a glance: the State of the Eastern Cape Province Address

  12. 2019-2020

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT 

    " This period is  uncertain and a context where many developmental gains of the past two decades stand to regress. The Covid-19 pandemic that engulfed the world arrived in South Africa in March 2020. Unlike business continuity disruptions that take the form of an event, Covid-19 creates an entirely new operating environment. Locally, the pandemic and the resultant lockdown affects all of ECSECC’s stakeholders and constituencies. The changing contextual environment will continue to alter demands, priorities and operating conditions. 

    In this period ECSECC has shown an ability to respond with speed and agility and has refocused all its work to support the response to the pandemic. The year ahead will further test the agility of the Council, the stakeholder constituencies, and the strength of ECESCC as a stakeholder council and compact. In the year ahead, ECSECC will support the Office of the Premier in stabilising and implementing the strategic agenda for recovery and re-building from the pandemic. As a multi-stakeholder council, ECSECC works to connect people and institutions and facilitate development action, and the work is centred on our value proposition of providing strategic advice for development action across the Eastern Cape. As the world is changing rapidly, ECSECC seeks to be a socio-economic compass that navigates uncertainty; co-creates visions; and puts strategic information to work."

    NDP - VISION 2030

    ECSECC continues to analyse the context to guide strategic decision-making the province.

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