• Our interest as government is to make sure that communities are empowered to drive their own

development, participate in the mainstream economy from primary production to processing, 

packaging, sale and distribution.
  •  ECRDA carries an even more compelling proposition to provide the requisite infrastructure for the execution of high impact and catalytic programmes to drive primary production and value addition through a myriad of beneficiation tools.
  • The ECRDA continues to explore innovative and inventive approaches to rural development. One of 

these approaches is the ECRDA’s RED Hub concept which prioritises the village as the centre of 

  • ECRDAs RED Hub model organises individual landowners in rural communities around institutional arrangements and structures in the form of cooperatives to stitch together their pieces of arable land into viable economic units.
  • Part of the ECRDAs focus is the optimal use of available land for milling, meat production and agro-

processing. These programmes encourage rural land owners to produce food not only for 

sustenance but for commercialisation.
  • The RED Hub concept means that maize should be grown by the community, milled in the community, processed and packaged in the community and even sold back into the community with the whole process being owned by these communities.
  • In the livestock development sector, government interventions should be aimed at encouraging the commercialisation of this sector through value addition activities.
  • The Eastern Cape represents 130,000ha of the country’s forestry plantations. These plantations employ a total of 8,000 people contributing about R1,1 billion in provincial GDP.
  • ECRDA continues to 

investigate the viability of public-private partnerships to unlock and exploit the potential of the 

renewable energy sector.
  • The extension of credit lines in the form of loan funding to rural entrepreneurs is an important element for the further growth and development of the rural economy.


  • Mondi
  • PG bison
  • dbsa
  • rural development
  • ecdc
  • national treasury
  • agriculture
  • Chris Hani District Municipality
  • joe gqabi district municipality
  • Alfred Nzo District Municipality
  • OR Tambo District Municipality
  • Rural development
  • Sappi