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Unlocking Provincial Potential

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In order for any developments to take place, reviewing is important. The province of the Eastern Cape boasts of both flaura and fauna

Eastern Cape is located on the Southern-East Coast of Africa and government spent significant amounts of money to develop the infrastructure of the area. The province boasts of the only river port in the country with rail and port facilities to handle the importing and exporting of commodities in the region that largely involves the two industrial development zones (East London and Coega Industrial Development Zone).

Eastern Cape’s climate and topographical conditions contribute to a diverse agricultural offering that includes wool, mohair, dairy and forestry as making the province a superb tourist destination due to its flora and fauna. The province of the Eastern Cape houses four automotive companies namely: Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford. Their contribution to the economy is massive as they employ locals to work in their plants.

The province has two metropolitan municipalities and six districts namely: Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Alfred Nzo District Municipality, Amathole District Municipality, Cacadu District Municipality, Chris Hani District Municipality, OR Tambo District Municipality and Joe Gqabi District Municipality. These districts and metros create what we call the province of the Eastern Cape with a capital city being Bhisho boasts of both the Office of The Premier and Provincial Legislature.

The province established Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) as the economic development agency responsible for wide investment promotion in businesses by creating in investment climate to feasible businesses that proves to create employment opportunities for locals. Furthermore, according to finances processed in 2011/12 financial year ECDC attracted R612.6 million through investment promotion. However significant inroads were made in key sectors such as automotive, agro-processing, pharmaceuticals, aquaculture and renewable energy and all together they resulted into 2 027 jobs being saved.

Agriculture and rural development have been identified as a solution to poverty and hunger in the province. The entire value chain of agriculture and rural development has a great potential to boost employment and create new markets for the farmers. Government supports the development of Co Ops so as to boost and create perfect skill set programmes that will empower communities to enrich their societies with projects that have a potential to leverage benefits to a greater number of people. The province has more livestock than any other province in the country and it produces quarter of nation’s milk.

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Did you know that the Eastern Cape is a world leader in mohair – a high quality special fibre produced by Angora goats.

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