Public entity overview

The Department has six entities which carries out its mandate of economic development and environmental management.

The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism provides oversight over:
• two industrial development zones (IDZs), the Coega IDZ and the East London IDZ (link to copy on this page)
• development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (link to copy on this page)
• the tourism and environmental management agency, the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (link to copy on this page)
• the regulatory bodies governing gambling and liquor, the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (link to copy on this page)
• the Eastern Cape Liquor Board (link to copy on this page).

Coega (link to
The Coega IDZ is the 11,500 hectare industrial park, located in Nelson Mandela Bay, the economic hub of the Eastern Cape.

Already 36 investors whose investments total R6,5 billion have located to the province. Their sectors range from automotive, agro-processing, logistics and metal beneficiation, amongst others. Currently, the investment pipeline stands at R181 billion.

Coega is being positioned as the African industrial development zone of choice for companies of all sizes wanting to establish a firm foundation for expansion into the African, southern hemisphere and world markets.

Designed for all levels of manufacturing

Coega has purposed-designed zones which cater for all levels of manufacturing, ranging from Tier 1 beneficiation through to assembly and logistics. It is supported by a business process outsourcing park, customs secure areas and shared facilities which help manage and contain operators’ costs.

Situated on the African east coast, two hours steaming from the main southern hemisphere shipping lanes and with a fully integrated deep-water port, Coega gives companies a competitive edge in the increasingly competitive global environment.

Coega is in close proximity to Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) which offers a great coastal lifestyle, international standard medical and educational facilities that attract and retain key skills.
Port of Ngqura.

The Coega Project has two integrated components, the land side being the IDZ and de facto the back of port area and the new deepwater Port of Ngqura.

The CDC is responsible for the landside infrastructure, while the modern deep-water port facility is the responsibility of Transnet National Ports Authority, a division of Transnet Limited.
Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park

The Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP), managed by the Coega Development Corporation, provides infrastructure and services to the automotive manufacturing industry.

By providing integrated logistics services and infrastructure, the NMBLP assists manufacturers to reduce automotive manufacturing costs and improves suppliers’ competitiveness.

Contact us
Contact centre 0861 0 COEGA/0861 026 342
Coega Business Centre
cnr Alcyon & Zibuko Streets
Zone 1, Coega IDZ
Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth)
Facebook @Coega-Development-Corporation-Pty-Ltd
Twitter @Coegadevcorp

Eastern Cape Development Corporation (link to
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is the province’s development financier whose aim is to help stimulate the economy of the Eastern Cape.

Major areas of focus include supporting new and existing businesses with finance and other support as well as stimulating exports from and investment to the province.

The corporation works together with provincial and national ministries, municipalities, chambers, private business, communities and other development agencies to implement the economic development policies of the Eastern Cape provincial government.

ECDC is wholly-owned by the Eastern Cape government.

Contact us
Telephone +27(0)43 704 5600
Ocean Terrace Park
Moore Street, Quigney
East London
Offices also in Port Elizabeth, Queenstown, King William’s Town, Mthatha, Butterworth (hyperlink to

Eastern Cape Gambling Board (link to
The Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board was established in 1997 to regulate all gambling and betting activities in the Eastern Cape.
Important functions include licensing the legal gambling industry, regulating licence holders, collecting gambling taxes on and preventing unlicensed gambling.
It is the board’s responsibility the gambling industry is accountable, credible and legal and complies with internationally recognised industry standards.
Contact us
Telephone +27 (0) 43 702 8300
ECGBB Building
Quenera Office Park
Quenera Drive
Beacon Bay
East London
Facebook @Eastern Cape Gambling & Betting Board
Twitter @ECGambling

Eastern Cape Liquor Board (link to
The Eastern Cape Liquor Board regulates the retail and micro manufacturing liquor industry in the province by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Board.
Contact us
Telephone +27 (0) 43-701 8500
Shop 10, Beacon Bay Crossing
Beacon Bay 
East London

East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) (link to
The East London IDZ is part of government’s South African Industrial Development Zones Programme (now the South African Special Economic Zones Programme) to develop, operate and maintain modern infrastructure and to complementary attract strategic investments for the region.

The East Cape’s second IDZ was set up in 2002 as a response to the need for a robust catalyst for economic development and industrial diversification in the country.

The zone boasts more than 100 fully serviced sites and secured 26 investors (hyperlink to in priority sectors such as automotive (, aquaculture (, agro-processing (, ICT and electronics (, renewable energy ( and manufacturing (

The East London IDZ is owned by provincial government (Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM).

It is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (SEZ Fund – Capital Projects) and the provincial Department of Economic Development Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

It aims to be world class operator of a prestigious industrial complex where highly competitive organisations thrive on streamlined business benefits and stimulate sustainable regional economic growth.
The East London IDZ ( is also home to the East London Science Park.

It was designed to coordinate innovation initiatives, encourage and support the start-up and incubation of innovative, high growth knowledge and technology based businesses and to further foster development and application of high technology to industry.

Contact us
Telephone +27 (0)43 702 8200
Chester Road
East London
Facebook @East London IDZ – ELIDZ
Twitter @EastLondonIDZ

Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Board (link to
ECPTA was established in 2010 with the goal of becoming a premier conservation and tourism agency, which promotes responsible tourism and conservation underpinned by sustainable development of the Eastern Cape

Its operations, which include six provincial reserves and the promotion of the province as a tourism destination, are governed through the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency bill.

Contact us
Telephone +27(0)43 705 4400
17 Fleet Street
East London CBD
Facebook @Adventure Province EC
Twitter @visit_EC


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