Annual Reports

Each year ECSECC publishes an annual report and distributes this to its partners and like minded organisations. The Annual Report showcases ECSECC's work and reports on ECSECC's achievements and highlights.

Older annual reports can be found in the document library.

Highlights of the 2015/16 annual report

ECSECC's work in the financial year under review was organised into six programmes. Here we provide a short highlight of the performance of each of the programmes.

Programme 1: Operations, Finance and Corporate Services

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:


  1. 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. ECSECC retained its clean audit opinion for a third consecutive time from the Auditor General of South Africa.
  2. The organisation continued to strengthen its risk management through holding an annual risk assessment workshop as well as developing ECSECC’s annual strategic risk register.
  3. Through additional funding from the OTP the ECSECC’s ICT infrastructure platform is being refurbished.
  4. The Operations and Knowledge Management unit completed a Stakeholder Management and Communications Strategy as well as a Research and Research Management Toolkit for ECSECC.
  5. ECSECC released the following publications in the period under review:


    • Quarterly Review of GDP
    • Quarterly review of the Labour Market
    • Monthly Data Series: inflation reviews
    • Trade and Ports Movement in the Eastern Cape
    • Working Paper 19 "Rural Enterprise partnerships: the case of Essential Amathole” is written by Dr Pumezo Lupuwana and presents a case study of Essential Amathole, a community-based agricultural enterprise and its work in establishing an essential oils cluster in Nkonkobe Local Municipality over the period 2007-2014
    • Potential role of micro business and entrepreneurs in the Eastern Cape informal sector. The report seeks to examine the role that micro businesses play in the informal sector in the Eastern Cape. The report is based on the results of the StatSA "Survey of Employers and Self-Employed" (SESE).


Programme 2: Economic Governance

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:


  1. The programme supported the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform in the review of the Agricultural Development Strategy for the Eastern Cape. A review and analysis of agricultural support and development has been conducted.  During the period under review, as part of the processes of inputting on the review of provincial Agriculture Development Strategy, ECSECC provided secretariat support to the DRDAR and Treasury Agriculture Task Team. The work of the Task Team will ensure that the strategy is developed in 2016/17. ECSECC multi-agency partnerships work culminated in an ICT in Agriculture mini-Conference held in collaboration with WSU. ECSECC also facilitated a Strategic Planning Session of DRDAR  and this has since firmed up the relationship between ECSECC and DRDAR towards the development of the Agriculture Development Strategy for the Province.
  2. Co-ordinated the conceptualisation and development of the Conceptual and Governance Framework for Eastern Cape Operation Phakisa which resulted in an Exco Resolution on the governance arrangements for Operation Phakisa.
  3. 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.
  4. ECSECC participated in the preparation and facilitated a successful BCMM GDS Summit. As part of the pre-summit activities ECSECC contributed to the development of the BCMM MGDS document, and facilitated engagement between BCM political leadership and industry leaders; at which industry lifted their concerns for inclusion in the GDS document and programme. The Oceans Economy work has now also been embedded in the BCM Growth and Development Strategy. Post the Buffalo City Growth and Development Summit; and in the period under review ECSECC is supporting Buffalo City develop various Work Streams including an Economic Partnership between the Metro, Business, Government and State Owned Companies.
  5. Partnered with a team of CoGTA & other departments to a visit of Sundays River Valley Municipality and subsequently developed an intervention proposal to protect and enhance Sundays River Valley Municipal Citrus Economy and the Local MunicipalitSupported and facilitated OR Tambo Mayoral Lekgotla and IDP Review sessions that resolved that OR Tambo District Municipality must enter into partnership (SLA) with ECSECC in the development of the Long Term (2030) District Growth and Development Plan aligned to the PDP and NDP.
  6. ECSECC organised and convened the following  seminars / dialogues:
    • Manufacturing in Gauteng and lessons for the Eastern Cape: The presenter was Prof. Samantha Ashman from the University of Johanesburg.
    • Economic development opportunities in the Eastern Cape: A dialogue between NAFCOC, BMF, PPF and the MECs for DRDAR and DEDEAT & Treasury, organised by ECSECC in collaboration with business.
    • Economic Infrastructure: A dialogue was convened as a forerunner to the finalization of the Provincial Infrastructure Plan.
    • Technical and Vocational Education and Training – What can we learn from another African Model?  A paper was presented by Dr Nauta from Maastricht University, Netherlands.
    • Agricultural Development in the EC in the light of the NDP: The presented by Prof M Karaan from the University of Stellenbosch and lead NPC Commissioner on Agriculture.
    • Current Research on Eastern Cape Agriculture:  Papers were presented by Prof Conradie and Mr Gerwel from the University of Cape Town.
    • Innovation:  Organised a successful visit and dialogue involving about 40 participants, at the ELIDZ Science and Technology Park.


Programme 3: Infrastructure Governance

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:
  1. ECSECC continued to provide provincial PICC reports to the Premier and provincial and national government.
  2. The Mzimvubu Governance Framework was presented in May 2015 to EXCO and a business case on a Project Management Office  on Mzimvubu was submitted to the OTP.
  3. The following stakeholder forums were held:
    • The Mzimvubu Catchment Rehabilitation Stakeholder Forum was held to consider and agree on the contributions of the various stakeholders in the rehabilitation programme.
    • ECSECC continued to provide provincial PICC reports to the Premier and provincial and national government.
    • Broadband steering committee and an induction session with stakeholders in the OR Tambo Task Team took place. The Task Team is a substructure of the Eastern Cape Broadband Steering Committee.  The provincial EXCO was also briefed on the progress made on the broadband programme.
    • ICT stakeholders forum
Further, the provincial Infrastructure Plan was completed and Version 1 of the document was submitted to the OTP. The Eastern Cape Infrastructure Plan (ECIP) overall aim is to set out long term priorities. The ECIP serves the following purpose:
    • Examine provincial infrastructure plans in the light of the Provincial Development Plan (2014), which was based on the New Growth Path (2010) and the National Development Plan (2012).
    • Complement the National Infrastructure Plan (2012) in the EC.
    • Identify cross-cutting infrastructure delivery challenges and propose priority interventions.
    • Identify sector-specific challenges of infrastructure delivery and propose sector-specific priority interventions, sequencing and prioritisation models.
    • Identify possible priority projects in each region (two metros and six rural Districts).
    • Provide a basis for decision-making around infrastructure investments and assets.
    • Present guidance on institutional arrangements and financial implications.
    • The EC Infrastructure Plan has four goals which are:
      • Spatial Aspects of Infrastructure:  Infrastructure investment responds to spatial aspects of future infrastructure demand and progressively undoes apartheid geography.
      • Universal Access to Basic Social Services: The provision of infrastructure is accelerated to achieve universal access to basic social services.
      • Infrastructure to Unlock Economic Potential: Infrastructure investment helps to unlock economic potential.
      • Infrastructure Planning and Delivery: Improve Infrastructure planning, delivery, operation and maintenance. 

Programme 4: Strategic Governance Support 

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:

  1. 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 a Local Government Co-ordination Framework was developed.
  2. Facilitated and provided content support to COGTA in its developmental local government annual review session; Integrated Planning Session in February 2016 with the participation of the provincial treasury and OTP; and its strategic planning session for the 2016/17 financial year as part of cascading and aligning planning to the PDP.
  3. Provided support to the OTP indeveloping a Communication Strategy for the province.
  4. The research agenda for the province was concluded and the first version of the document was submitted to OTP.  Towards the development of a research agenda for the province a seminar of provincial researchers was convened to engage the subject matter and develop an approach to government research in the province; and an analysis of research capacity in the Eastern Cape provincial administration was concluded and a concept towards a research agenda was developed.
  5. Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality: Facilitation support was provided to the Human Settlements Developers and SMME Indaba to engage Contractors, Stakeholders and Partners towards the finalization of the M3 Agreement between the National Department of Human Settlements, the EC Department of Human Settlements and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. ECSECC further facilitated a follow up Workshop and Feedback Session with SMMEs and Developers on the 21 September 2015. This Workshop was addressed by the Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu and Executive Mayor of NMBM, Dr Danny Jordaan.  
  6. ECSECC has further provided post-negotiations support to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality to maintaining business confidence and positive relations between Organised Business and the NMBMM. This support was anchored by engagements and negotiations to facilitate out of court agreements and settlements to effectively and efficiently respond to growth and development imperatives as directed by the Presidential Delegation to the NMBM in April 2014.
  7. Amathole District Municipality, Chris Hani, Buffalo City Municipality, KSD Local Municipality, Mbashe Local Municipality and O.R Tambo District Municipality: Content facilitation support was provided to the municipalities in the 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.
  8. ECSECC participated in the pilot roll-out of the ABCD approach to ward planning in partnership with GIZ and the ECNGO Coalition. In the period under review sessions were held at Nkonkobe and Lukhanji Local municipalities.
  9. ECSECC developed a concept for the use of Alternative Building Technology (ABT) to fast track the School Built Programme and supporting the implementation processes in support of the provincial Department of Education’s infrastructure unit.
  10. ECSECC provided facilitation support to the White Paper on Human Settlements Workshop organised jointly by the National and Provincial Departments of Human Settlements. ECSECC also co-facilitated a National Human Settlement Research Seminar, hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  11. Programme 5: Human Resource Development 


Programme 5: Human Resource Development 

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:


  1. 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 subsequently approved by  EXCO.
  2. Developed the maritime skills plan for the province for approval by EXCO. A Maritime High School was launched as part of an effort to build skills for the ocean.
  3. Convened and facilitated a successful focus group on the 30 September 2015 of local companies on the cost benefit and quality measurement (CBQ) which generate a lot of interest for companies to participate in the CBQ platform. The companies present shared their experiences and challenges they encounter with SETAs. Presented a paper titled "The efficacy of CBQ as an advisory tool to optimise cost effectiveness and quality in company apprenticeship training” at The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship conference in Australia which has subsequently been published in a book titled "Architecture for Apprenticeship: Achieving Economic and Social Goals”; the fore going places ECSECC work on Work Integrated Learning (CBQ) on the international map.
  4. Supported with facilitation the Eastern Cape Education Advisory Council on a series of closed and public dialogues with education stakeholders to conceptualise a programme for the council. The Council is constituted by Higher Education, School Governing Bodies, Teacher Unions, Civil Society, Traditional Leadership, Organised Local Government and Business.
  5. ECSECC and DEDEAT jointly hosted and facilitated a seminar where Dr Michael Rogan presented on the subject of ‘Graduates and the jobs challenge in the Eastern Cape’.
  6. A labour market position paper entitled "Assessing the skills level and the role of education in the Eastern Cape labour market was produced”
  7. The provincial Human Resource Development Council was functional during the financial year under review and set itself a clear agenda and has also established five working groups.   The five working groups are: Skills for the Economy; Public Sector Skills; Research and Innovation; Foundational Learning and Post Schooling presented their annual plans to the council for adoption. 


Programme 6: HIV and AIDS

The programme in the period under review concentrated on the following deliverables that are in line with the strategic goals of the organisation:


  1. A report on the provincial sex workers programme analysing High Transmission Areas (HTA’s) in the Eastern Cape was concluded. A summit on key populations’ was held in partnership with WSU and ANOVA healthand a social ills summit focusing on teenage pregnancy was held in partnership with the provincial Department of Education. ECAC 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.
  2. A research paper was produced that set the basis for appropriate interventions for the out of school youth.  Social Media was used as the main medium to dialogue with young people.
  3. A door to door to promote HCT as a build-up to World AIDS day was conducted at Engcobo Local Municipality. The World Aids Day main event was held at Ecwecweni village at Engcobo Local Municipality. It was held in partnership with the Department of Communications; Department of Sports, Recreation Arts and Culture; Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform; Department of Health; Chris Hani District Municipality and Engcobo Local Municipality.
  4. As part of ensuring adherence to treatment, 85% of ART clients have been migrated to Fixed Dose Combination (FDC). A monitoring plan for drug stock levels has been established and ECAC is part of the team. The FDC switch programme has exceeded the 80% target and therefore there was no longer a need to track it from ECAC perspective. The FDC programme has gone well without any recorded adverse effects, so this is also no longer tracked.
  5. 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. Public dialogues were held with communities in KSD and Nyandeni. The stigma index research was completed and results were presented to the council.
  6. An overview of gender related provincial programmes was done. Gender/HIV resource collection was done as part of gender mainstreaming tool for ECAC.
  7. As part of building an HIV/Aids research hub, a research concept document was completed and the research focus prioritises young people as the most susceptible sector to HIV/Aids infection. 
  8. A report on the assessment of quality of services for children within the Amathole and Sarah Baartman Districts was produced and a desk top research report on the criteria for Youth and MSM friendly facilities. A commemoration of the international Children’s day with the handover of Kitchen and Dining hall at Masizakhe children’s home was held. Pamphlets regarding children’s rights were distributed as part of the programme.
  9. A Community Based Model document was produced for discussion and adoption by the ECAC council. The model is based on Operation Sukuma Sakhe as well as other models like the Ugandan experience. ECAC has developed a newsletter as part of enhancing its communications approach, branding and visibility.  To this end, a profile and guidelines on the community based model were completed and the model was launched during the World Aids Day event at Engcobo.
  10. An HIV Prevention programme was implemented in partnership with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
  11. A toolkit training on Know Your Epidemic was conducted in partnership with Buffalo City Metro , Chris Hani District and Sara Baartman AIDS councils.
  12. 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.
  13. The ECAC council and its sub-committees were functional in the reporting period. The Aids Council adopted the Provincial Strategic Plan Monitoring & Evaluation mid-term report.

Strategic and Performance Plans

ECSECC operates according to a five year Strategic Plan and an Annual Performance Plan. The current five year strategic planning cycle started in 2014 and will end in 2019.

Please visit the document library to download the strategic and annual plan.

The strategic plan has four strategic goals:

1.) To facilitate effective and efficient administration and governance

This goal seeks to develop and implement effective and efficient administration, management, finance and governance and knowledge management systems.

This is done through the following subcomponents:

  • Governance and Operations
  • Administration, Finance and Supply Chain
  • Human Resources Development and Management
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Research and Information Support

2.) To support development policy, strategy and planning in the Eastern Cape Province.

This goal is driven by ECSECC's contribution to setting the provincial policy agenda and supporting the execution of provincial and national priorities.

ECSECCs niche in this areas includes the following:

  • Policy analysis and advice
  • Strategic visioning and agenda setting
  • Strategy facilitation
  • Strategic planning
  • Programming and project packaging
  • Impact evaluation
  • Institutional support and organisational development

3.) To be a socio-economic knowledge hub for the Eastern Cape Province.

This goal seeks to strengthen ECSECC as a knowledge organisation and enable evidence based advice and interventions.

This is done through the following activities:

  • Provision of socio-economic and spatial information
  • Policy analysis and applied policy research
  • Sector research
  • Modelling, forecasting and scenario building
  • Knowledge management of provincial socio-economic information
  • Create platforms for dissemination of information

4.) To create platforms for multi-stakeholder participation and partnerships.

Here, ECSECC seeks to evolve new forms of development dialogue and cooperation and build a culture of social dialogue and active citizenship in the province.

We envisage this will happen through the following activities:

  • Facilitate dialogues and learning networks
  • Provide process and social facilitation
  • Provide secretariat to councils and other formal structures
  • Pioneer new forms of partnerships, collaboration and coordination
  • Assist partnering civil society structures to operate effectively

Highlights of the 2016/2017 Annual Performance Plan and Operational Plan 

The plan is organised around six programmes, which have set clear objectives for the five year planning period. The table below summarises the programmes, objectives and the sub-programmes responsible for implementation.

The Annual Performance Plan follows the same structure as the five year strategy plan, but includes annual and quarterly targets for set performance indicators per programme.

The ECSECC Operational Plan is an implementation plan of the Annual Performance Plan. The Operational Plan serves as a project plan of the APP and allocates requisite resources for the implementation of the APP. The Operational Plan provides for APP aligned projects, project leaders and project teams to drive the implementation of projects. The Operational Plan is supported by individual project plans for each project that are properly conceptualised to give a clear outline of the scope and objectives of the project, how each project will be implemented, project milestones, resources required, risks associated with the project and how these will be mitigated, and a communication plan.

You can find the 2016/2017 Annual Performance Plan on this link.

Priority projects for the 2016/2017 financial year include: 
  1. Manufacturing and Business Intelligence (Research and dialogue)
  2. Spatial Economic Planning (Small town development)
  3. Oceans Economy 
  4. Eastern Cape infrastructure plan co-ordination
  5. ICT Infrastructure Development
  6. SIP Co-ordination & Reporting
  7. Capable and Development Oriented Provincial Government
  8. Building Local Capabilities
  9. Skills for the Economy
  10. Community Based Response to HIV/AIDS (Operation  Masinyange)
  11. Promotion of combination prevention for young women and sex workers
  12. Capacity Building of Municipalities for HIV/AIDS response 
  13. ECAC Monitoring and Evaluation System
  14. HIV/AIDS, TB and STI Sector Coordination

The programme pages contain more information about ECSECC's projects.




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