ECDC set to take EC SMMEs to Nigeria
The province’s investment and trade promotion agency, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is set to take a group of local SMMEs to Nigeria to explore trade and investment opportunities in Nigeria. The opportunities, which will be multi-sectoral, will take place from 26 to 30 August 2019. The agency... Read more
Fashionistas get ECDC invite to Ethiopian expo
Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is calling companies, whose core business is fashion related, to participate in the Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week 2019 show. The week-long event will be hosted in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from 9 to 12 November 2019. This event showcase products... Read more
Jobs fund saves over 800 jobs
A three-minute business pitch in 2018 earned Mthatha-based Spotless Dry Cleaners an R180,000 portion of the R8 million incentive disbursed by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) managed Eastern Cape Jobs Stimulus Fund in the 2018/19 financial year. The fund assists companies in distress to save or retain jobs... Read more
Four-decade wait for 105 Butterworth families
The Mtebele and Tomi families celebrated the news they would be homeowners for the first time since they arrived at the Zithulele Township in Butterworth after more than 40 years. They, among 103 other families at Zithulele Township, were informed they would soon receive title deeds to the properties... Read more
EL designer scoops top prize
East London designer Nangamso Dana (26) walked away with a R15,000 top prize in the apparel category at the fourth edition of the Lithuba Lakho (This Is Your Chance) Competition and Exhibition Awards held  in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Trading as Royal Legasee, Dana submitted a cape/neckpiece with an... Read more
EL co-operative plans transition to commercialise
A hesitant entrant into the agricultural co-operative space, 54-year-old Zola Qontos is the last man standing of an initial group of 30 residents and their families who registered as farmers to till the land at a Mdantsane school. The Qontos Family Co-operative is now the only family remaining still... Read more
Multimillion forestry investment for Singisi
THE facilitation of a R133 million expansion of long-time ECDC client PG Bison has led to Singisi Forest Products in Langeni near Mthatha saving 200 jobs. Langeni Sawmill and Matiwane Forest employ a total of 1,030 people, mainly from local villages. Matiwane plantation at Langeni is operated by Singisi... Read more
Boost for Eastern Cape creatives
The store which came at an investment of R1, 238 million, was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development Elizabeth Thabethe in East London in November 2016. The store plays host to exquisite authentically Eastern Cape creative design pieces which underwent the Eastern Cape Development Corporation’s... Read more
Port Elizabeth woman’s push in the engineering industry
WOMEN have historically battled to establish themselves in a male-dominated engineering industry, having to exert themselves harder to claim their deserved place in the sector. Port Elizabeth-based Kagiso Mchunu is one of a select group of women pushing the envelope and making waves in the Eastern Cape engineering industry.... Read more
Creatives dazzle at lithuba lakho 2017 craft exhibition
Four category winners walked away with prizes of material and equipment worth a combined R60,000 at the 2017 Lithuba Lakho Craft Exhibition at the Athenaeum in Port Elizabeth earlier this year. The exhibition was a well-attended affair drawing the attention of arts lovers and aspiring artists. The winners of... Read more