Mthatha Garden Court receives R74 million upgrade
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) owned Mthatha Garden Court Hotel has completed a comprehensive R 74 million facelift, its first refurbishment since its establishment in 1976. The improvements to the structure which come with a four-star grading were funded by ECDC as the landlord to the value of... 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
Jamak rigging rides the growing rigging wave
Rigging emerged from the days of sailing ships, where a rigger was a person who worked the ropes to hoist sails. They would then use those skills in moving and lifting huge loads, and from there rigging became a trade. It is today a growing trade practiced by 10... Read more
ECDC- High failure of cooperatives needs urgent attention
Cooperatives key to social entrepreneurship to deal with economic challenges The key to success of co-operatives is business skills, understanding of the legislative prescripts and matching products produced by co-operatives to market needs. Market access in particular relies heavily on quality and standards, currently lacking within the co-operative sector.... Read more