Legislative mandate

THE WHITE PAPER FOR AGRARIAN TRANSFORMATION IN THE EASTERN CAPE CONFIRMS THE VISION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT THAT IS ARTICULATED IN THE NATIONAL INTEGRATED SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (ISRDS) NAMELY: “SUSTAINABLE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE”. THIS VISION IS ELABORATED AS FOLLOWS, “TO ATTAIN SOCIALLY COHESIVE AND STABLE COMMUNITIES WITH VIABLE INSTITUTIONS, SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIES AND UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SOCIAL AMENITIES, ABLE TO ATTRACT SKILLED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, EQUIPPED TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR OWN AND THE NATION’S GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.”

In practice, this means rural communities having access to quality physical, social and economic infrastructure; that land and other natural resources becoming viable assets in the hands of the rural poor; that indigenous knowledge and cultural value systems being harnessed for human and social development; a vibrant arts and cultural life; and rural communities having access to information, communication and technology. In essence rural communities must be involved in a process of regeneration and there should be no obstacles to the full development of human potential. This vision serves to inspire us to work tirelessly towards transformed rural areas that are socially and economically developed, as well as establishing an institutional environment conducive to rural development. This vision serves to inspire us to work tirelessly towards transformed rural areas that are socially and economically developed, as well as establishing an institutional environment conducive to rural development.

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