Promoting Sustainable & Shared
Economic Growth & Development


Department aims increase provincial government’s impact
The Eastern Cape has been on a relatively sustained growth path since 2002. However, it remains characterised by extreme levels of uneven development. This has implications for provincial government’s micro-economic planning. It also places onus on the state to address the redistribution and allocation of resources. The department’s key areas of responsibility centre on economic development  and environmental affairs. • Economic development centres on four programmes:
• Integrated economy
• Trade and industry development
• Business regulation and governance
• Economic planning .
• Tourism .

Its environmental responsibilities centre on five programmes:
• Policy coordination and environmental planning
• Compliance and enforcement
• Environmental quality management
• Biodiversity management
• Environmental empowerment services .

1. Integrated economic development
• Support and develop business enterprises
• Promote the economic growth and development of local economies with partnerships with key stakeholders by aligning local and regional economic development initiatives with government programmes
• Facilitate the process of empowerment and creation of an enabling business environment for previously disadvantaged individuals.
Functions under this area include:
• Enterprise development
• Regional and local economic development
• Economic empowerment

2. Trade and industry development
• Facilitate trade promotion, retention and attraction of investment in priority sectors
• Facilitate the implementation of national and provincial priority programmes
• Create an enabling environment for sustainable economic growth and development of prioritised and emerging sectors in the Eastern Cape
• Drive implementation of programmes in these prioritised sectors: Automotive, green economy, manufacturing and tourism.

Functions under this area include:
• Trade and investment promotion
• Sector development
• Strategic initiatives.

3. Business regulation and governance
• Lobby for the provision of a regulatory environment that addresses barriers in the broader environment
• Promote good corporate governance principles, stability and efficiency in doing business
• Develop, implement and promote measures that ensure the rights and interests of all consumers.
• Promote and maintain an effective and efficient regulatory system for the regulation of business, industries and sectors.

Functions under this area include:
• Public oversight
• Regulation services
• Consumer protection
• Liquor regulation
• Gambling and betting.

4. Economic planning
• Develop evidence based provincial policies and strategies which inform decision making processes
• Ensure accessible scientific information to inform economic policy and planning processes.

Functions under this area include:
• Policy and planning
• Research and development
• Knowledge management
• Monitor and evaluation.

5. Tourism
• Create an enabling tourism environment through legislation, policy and strategy development
• Create demand and supply for tourism
• Ensure sustainability and tourism sector transformation.

Functions under this area include:
• Tourism planning
• Tourism growth and development
• Tourism sector transformation.

1. Policy coordination and environmental planning
• Establish legislation, policies, programmes, procedures and systems that effectively empower and support the core functional programmes.

Functions under this area include:
• Intergovernmental coordination, spatial and development planning
• Legislative development
• Research and development support
• Environmental information management
• Climate change management.

2. Compliance and enforcement
• Ensure that environmental legislation is effectively used to protect the environment and its resources from unlawful and unsustainable exploitation and negative impact.

Functions under this area include:
• Environmental quality management compliance and enforcement
• Biodiversity management, compliance and enforcement.

3. Environmental quality management
• Strive towards a safe and healthy environment through effective environmental impact assessment, air quality management, waste and pollution management for the people of the Eastern Cape.

Functions under this area include:
• Impact management
• Air quality management
• Pollution and waste management

4. Biodiversity management
• Conserve the diversity of landscapes, ecosystems, habitats, biological communities, populations, spices & genes and promote conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Eastern Cape.

Functions under this area include:
• Biodiversity and protected area planning and management
• Conservation agencies and services
• Coastal management.

5. Environmental empowerment services
• Empower and capacitate the external stakeholders of the Department to meaningfully participate in and contribute to effective environmental management.

Functions under this area include:
• Environmental capacity development and support
• Environmental communication and awareness raising.

1. Office of the MEC
• Provide overall political and policy leadership for the Department.

Functions under this area include:
• Office of the MEC.

2. Office of the HOD
• Provide effective and efficient strategic leadership to the Department.

Functions under this area include:
• Office of the HOD
• Strategic management
• IT management
• Monitoring and evaluation.

3. Financial management
• Establish and maintain appropriate financial management systems.

Functions under this area include:
• Financial management
• Supply chain management
• Compliance and risk management.

4. Corporate services
• Ensure adequate provision of institutional capacity through human capital management, organisational development interventions.

Functions under this area include:
• HR planning and practices
• Organisational development
• Office management
• Communication
• Security management.

Contact Us for more information about DEDEAT’s role, read the latest DEDEAT annual report . Other resources are also available in the resource centre.