Vision, Mission and Mandate
The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism forms part of the provincial government’s intent to spearhead growth and development of the provincial economy.

Policy priorities are derived from the Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP) (link to document), Provincial Industrial Development Strategy (link to document) and other high impact policy and linkages to initiatives such as the Provincial Job Strategy.   

These policy priorities serve as the drivers for transforming the Eastern Cape’s socio-economic landscape.

Innovation for Sustainable Development.
DEDEA Vision

The department’s vision is of an Eastern Cape where economic growth and sound environmental management underpin sustainable development

DEDEA Mission
Lead economic development and environmental management in the Eastern Cape
DEDEA mandate is to:

See our Strategic Plan for constitutional mandates, legislative mandates, policy mandates, relevant court rulings and planned policy initiatives.

Our Values
 DEDEAT is strongly committed to leadership, integrity, flexibility and teamwork.
LEADERSHIP: We accept responsibility to guide and direct the advancement of the Eastern Cape towards a Green Economy
INTEGRITY: We adhere to high ethical and professional standards
FLEXIBILITY: The department undertakes to ensure that it is able to respond appropriately and timeously to changed or changing circumstances
TEAM-WORK: We seek to honour our commitments through co-operative effort

In order to achieve and accomplish its vision and mission, the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism is divided into three programmes and an array of structured sub-programmes.

These programmes are administration, economic development and environmental management. 

For more information

More information about the department’s roles and responsibilities in economic planning ( and environmental affairs ( is also available.  Information on the province’s development financier (, parks and tourism (, gambling ( and liquor ( regulatory body as well as the Coega ( and East London ( IDZs which execute some of the roles is available here.