The Eastern Cape major industrialised economic activities take place largely within the two centres of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay Metro – NMBMM) and East London (Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality). The provincial government appreciates the need to expand economic development activities and growth to the hinterland and hence identifies nodes beyond the two centre. The other primary nodes include Mthatha (King Sabata Dalindyebo) in the east and Queenstown (Lukhanji) in the north.
Provincial economic stabilisation, protection, expansion, diversification and transformation requires sound strategies at the key development nodes within the province. The economic performance of the various nodes two (2) metros (BCMM and NMBMM); and two strategic municipalities (KSD and Lukhanji) has not been impressive as is the case with the country economy especially after 2008-2009 economic downturn.
The central rationale of the project is to support government to build a developing and growing economy at various local areas in partnership with the citizens, business and labour in planning and implementing the development agenda as articulated in the Provincial Development Plan. At the centre of the project will include bolstering the relevant labour absorptive sectors and ensuring clear value-add linkages to development of the rural economies and especially unblock constraints to economic growth at the sub-national level.
In the 2016/17 financial year the project seeks to:
- Support Long Term economic planning linked to the PDP & NDP [local 2030 Visions | Growth & Development Strategies (GDS) Content Facilitation of the GDSs for the two (1) metro (NMBMM); and two strategic municipalities (KSD and Lukhanji)]
- Support Economic Planning Capabilities of local government, for projects execution planning.
- Support interventions that addresses growth constraints and unlock economic growth [with special attention to agriculture and manufacturing sectors]
Project manager: Mr Luvuyo Mosana