Promoting Sustainable & Shared
Economic Growth & Development


The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism is led by consummate strategists who have significant experience at a senior level in business.

Sakhumzi Somyo
Member of the Executive Council (MEC)
Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Elementary and academic background

He was born in Alice and matriculated at Jabavu High School. He studied and obtained a Senior Primary Teacher’s Diploma at the Cape College and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently in the process of completing Masters in Public Administration at University of Fort Hare.

Career highlights
Mr Somyo served on the following boards:
  • Amatola Water Board
  • Non-executive member of the Housing Development Agency
  • Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC)
  • South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).
  • He also served as an Executive Mayor of the Amathole District Municipality for 10 years upon which he became eligible for the title of Alderman.

    He also served as the chairperson of the former Amatola District Council, chairman of the Eastern Cape branch of the South African Local Government Association and was a member of its National Executive Committee.

    Political activities
    Mr Somyo served in the following positions:
  • Chairperson of the Cape College AZASO branch
  • Executive Member of the Alice UDF Unit
  • Executive Committee of the Victoria East Civic Association branch of SANCO in Alice
  • Chairperson of the Alice Transitional Representative Council
  • Chairperson of the ANC in the Nkonkobe Region
  • Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in the Eastern Cape
  • Chairperson of the Amathole Regional Executive Committee of the ANC
  • Currently deputy chairperson of the ANC PEC
  • Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for Provincial Treasury, and Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in the Eastern Cape.


    2nd Floor, Beacon Hill
    Hockley Close
    King William’s Town

    P/Bag X0054

    MEC Mr Sakhumzi Somyo
    Telephone +27 (0) 43 605 7006/7216
    Fax+27 (0) 43 605 7306
    Twitter @SakhumziSomyo
    Facebook @sakhumzi.somyo

    MEC Chief of Staff
    Ms Akhona Tinta email:
    Telephone +27 40 1010 535

    Parliamentary Liaison Officer
    Mr Siphiwo Sam Mazosiwe email:
    Telephone +27 40 1010 176

    Office Manager
    Ms Siyabulela Onceya email:
    Telephone +27 40 1010 022