The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA): In June 2009, the Honourable Premier, Ms Noxolo Kiviet outlined the vision for an Eastern Cape Rural Development Strategy (RDS-Ilima Labantu) as seeking to “unleash the socio-economic development potential of the Eastern Cape, by addressing decisively the historical neglect of rural areas; to reverse the legacy of inequitable access to basic services; to reverse spatial imbalances which have continued to dog the economy; to improve the coordination and integration of service delivery across government, and to foster sustainable partnerships.”
Ilima Labantu is a long-term intervention, which responds directly to the urgent need to undo the legacy of neglect which is characterised by the loss of assets, such as land and livestock, and simultaneously the denial of opportunities to develop these assets through limiting access to markets, infrastructure and education. Accordingly, in its first term of implementation, Ilima Labantu will focus on five plus one central pillars, namely, land reform, agrarian transformation and food security, non-farm rural economy, infrastructure, social and human development, as well as enabling environment. The Province is convinced that results will include the narrowing of the rural and urban divide, as well as the emergence of sustainable and lively rural communities with universal access to services, infrastructure and development.
As articulated in the Agrarian Transformation White Paper, rural development refers to the process of achieving a better quality of life for people living in rural areas. Development does not simply represent to economic growth, but encompasses equality of opportunity, greater individual freedom, richer cultural life, independence, self esteem and freedom from ignorance, human misery and servitude.
To promote, support and facilitate rural development in the Province by:
- Mobilising financial resources and providing financial and supportive services to persons domiciled, ordinarily resident or carrying on business within the Province;
- Promoting and encouraging private sector investment in the Province and the participation of the private sector in contributing to economic growth;
- Promoting, assisting and encouraging the development of the Province’s human resources and financial infrastructure, in association with other institutions having similar or related objectives;
- Acting as the governments’ agent for performing any development-related tasks and responsibilities that the government considers may be more efficiently or effectively performed by a corporate entity.
- Driving and coordinating integrated programmes of rural development, land reform and agrarian transformation in the Province;
- Project managing rural development interventions in the Province;
- Promoting applied research and innovative technologies for rural development in the Province;
- Planning, monitoring and evaluating rural development in the Province;
- Facilitating the participation of the private sector and community organizations in rural development programmes.
The Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI).
Vision: A leader in socio-economic development in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
Mission: Providing leadership and development services to improve the socio-economic conditions of the community.
Strategic Goals: As defined in the UDDI 2014 – 2019 strategic plan, the focus of the organisation is on becoming a leading socio-economic development agency within the Nelson Mandela Bay area by:
- Stimulating economic growth, investment and supporting entrepreneurship;
- Contributing to the social upliftment of the community through education and training;
- Effectively managing strategic resources;
- Building innovative teams and being a great place of work; and
- Establishing efficient business processes.
The vision, mission and strategic goals form the core foundation for the UDDI operations.
The UDDI has identified town regeneration as an instrument to enhance urban and township areas and for the creation of a vibrant, competitive environment which enhances social cohesion. The UDDI’s town regeneration programme encompasses the UDDI’s eco-hub model, infrastructural development/enhancement as well as community development.
The enterprise development programme is used as a tool to advance business incubation through:
- Multi-sector business support packages for small enterprises
- Accredited training – technical, administration, governance, finance and marketing
- Networking and access to markets
- Introduction of new business solutions
- Unlocking investment opportunities
The UDDI’s focus on Education & Skills Development area mainly targets educators and learners in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) by way of providing a unique, exciting curriculum and educational experience while incorporating research and development initiatives benefiting the broader community.
NMB Science & Technology Centre
Programmes at the centre are designed to build enthusiasm and an affinity for science, technology and mathematics through fund and interactive engagements.
This programme mainly targets grades 6, 9 and 12 learners from disadvantaged schools in Nelson Mandela Bay but some outlying schools and other grades are also catered for. The programme includes hands-on fun experiments which are aligned to Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).
The UDDI launched the R30 million Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in March 2013. Located in the heart of Uitenhage’s central business district, the centre is a ground-breaker in its own right, being the first standalone science centre not part of an institute of higher learning in the Eastern Cape.
Programmes at the NMB Science & Technology Centre are designed to build enthusiasm and an affinity for science, technology and mathematics through fun and interactive engagements. Here learners discover the daily applications of science, technology and mathematics in their communities. It is intended that learners should begin to see these subjects as fun and enjoyable with the hope that they will continue with them until the end of their high school years.
Besides these internal programmes, the centre offers schools and learners the opportunity to be exposed to science and technology initiatives such as SciFest, National Science Week, the FameLab Competition, as well as other science and career expos.