History

Advancing social responsibility since 1995

At ECSECC we believe in cultivating and advancing social responsibility, with the outcome of improving socio-economic circumstances for people in the Eastern Cape.

ECSECC was founded in April 1995 and has over the past 25 years played an important role in strategy, planning and transformation in the provincial and local sphere of development.

Over the years, ECSECC has grown into an established development planning and partnership facilitation institution, having developed significant capacity in its niche areas. It is well embedded in the development landscape of the province, and has critical relationships and networks with key role-players across the state and civil society sector.

How we were established

ECSECC was established in 1995 as a multi-stakeholder council to advise the provincial government on integrated development strategy and planning. The establishment of ECSECC followed the establishment of NEDLAC at national level in 1995, as part of the social compacting model adopted by South Africa in the transition from Apartheid to a democratic state.

In this model of social compacting and semi-autonomous institutional mechanisms was established with strong political support, to extract choices and compromises required for shared growth. The approach was to convince, rather than coerce, social actors to participate in driving a shared vision, and to facilitate concrete partnerships and actions around this vision.

"The principal objective of the Council will be to advise and assist the provincial Government to achieve an integrated development strategy for the province and its constituent regions, in order to address the economic development of the province in terms of the RDP, and in particular the needs of the deprived communities and underdeveloped areas. The Council will achieve this through a planning and development process which can give effect to both strategy and operational issues.”

Founding document (1995)

Consequently, ECSECC’s founding document describes its functional mandate as that of, "Fostering a new relationship 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. Through this body the parties will strive to jointly promote the goals of economic growth and increased participation in decision-making on the implementation of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Higher education and local government were included as constituencies in 2006.

Socio-Economic themes

In response to its mandate and in the context of national and provincial priorities in the period since 1995, ECSECC has largely worked in four main areas, across selected socio-economic themes:

• Research and information:
Strategic development trends and information; Applied research; and Generation and dissemination of ideas and information.

• Advice, planning and strategy development:
Strategy development and planning; Executive decision support and advice; Facilitation and planning support to strategic institutions.

• Stakeholder engagement and participation:
Provincial stakeholder dialogue and consensus building; Stakeholder communication; Stakeholder coordination (e.g. secretariat to stakeholder forum and ad hoc processes); and Popularising legislation and policy.

• Service deliver support:
Programme and project design; Troubleshooting and unblocking; Institutional support and organisational development.

 

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

  1. 1994-1996

    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....

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Programmes - Local Economic Development

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:
    Local Economic Development - Butterworth - Stutterheim
    East Cape Economy at Glance

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Rural Development Summit

  3. 2001-2003

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    PGDS

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

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    RuLed, Government Support Programme, Research and Development, Wool and Mohair Beneficiation Programme

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:
    Job Loss Study,Coops,Higher Education Transformation,Backlogs Costing Verification,Review of the PGDS,

  4. 2004-2005

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    PGDP

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    Cost sharing partnerships being forged with both national and local spheres of Government, public entities, donors and the privates sector to fund and to mobilise resources for PGDP infrastructure projects

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Ruled

    PUBLICATIONS AND INTERVENTIONS:
    Development of the PMU, Development of the PGDP Framework, Packaging priority PGDP programmees, M&E TO measure PGDP compliance and impact, Socio-economic profile for the EC,

  5. 2006-2007

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    ASGISA

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    Provincial context and Key Challenges

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Job Summit - Feb 2006

  6. 2008-2009

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    MTSF

    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…

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Policy Research and Information Programme, The Developmental Local Government Support Programme, The Eastern Cape Aids Council, Premiers Poverty Alleviation Fund

    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, Legislature Review, PIDS, Post GDS support,

    PUBLIC DIALOGUES/ EVENTS:
    Public Investment Cooperation policy dialogue and Harold Wolpe, Leadership Dialogue Session, Policy Formulation Dialogue Session. Land Summit

  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

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Planning and Infrastucture Programme, Stakeholder Mobilization, Information and Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development, HIV and AIDS

  9. 2014-2015

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    VISION 2013

  10. 2016-2017

    ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT POLICIES:
    VISION 2030

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    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.

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    Planning and Infrastucture Programme, Stakeholder Mobilization, Information and Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development, HIV and AIDS

  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

    ECSECC PROGRAMMES:
    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 the province, as well as its own programme priorities

  12. 2018-2019

    PROVINCIAL CONTEXT:
    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 the province, as well as its own programme priorities

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