Making it yours, an advertisement promoting the Eastern Cape

 

Located on the south-eastern part of South Africa, the Eastern Cape province is the second largest province in South Africa.

Roughly defined, the Eastern Cape is the part of South Africa which lies east of the 30 degree east line of longitude and south of the 30 degree 30 minute line of latitude.

The province lies equidistant from the major market centres of South Africa, lying between two of the South Africa’s major economic hubs, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. 

 

It is linked to those centres by a modern network of air, roads and railways and lies offering easy linkages to these nodes.

Did you know the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve, just 100 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, is the only location where the seven of South Africa’s biomes can be found?

 

Seat of government

The Eastern Cape’s Legislature is based in Bhisho

 

 

The second largest of South Africa’s nine provinces, the Eastern Cape’s capital is Bhisho which lies 50km west of East London.

Rural development, land and agrarian reform, and food security are priorities of the provincial government, and the growth of the agriculture and agro-processing sector is strongly rooted in the Eastern Cape Provincial Development Plan (PDP).

The PDP earmarks primary production of food and food products, and the addition of value to primary production by processing, manufacturing and creative marketing of food products.                                                                             

Did you know the 164,000ha Addo National Park (hyperlink to https://www.sanparks.org/parks/addo/) outside Port Elizabeth is the only park in South Africa to feature the Big 7 which includes the southern right whale and the great white shark?

 

Eastern Cape snapshot

The popular Hobie Beach, close to the Shark Rock Pier and the Boardwalk seen here, is the venue for the annual "Splash Festival", beach volleyball and world boardsailing championships. (hyperlink to http://www.nmbt.co.za/listing/hobie_beach.html) (Courtesy: SA Tourism – hyperlink to http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/landing/visitor-home)

 

 

Major cities                                   

East London, economic hub of Buffalo City Metropolitan area (hyperlink BCM to www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/)

Port Elizabeth, largest economic centre and is part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area (hyperlink NMM to www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za/)

Main languages                             isiXhosa 78%, Afrikaans 10%, English 5%

Language of commerce                English

Population                                      6,8 million or 12,7% of total South African population

Size                                               169,580 square kilometres or 14% of South Africa’s land mass

GVA-R                                           1,5% growth

Major industries                            

Automotive, tourism, agriculture, agroprocessing,
renewable energy

Sectoral analysis (2013)               Primary sector 1,9%

                                                       Secondary sector 17,4%

                                                       Tertiary sector 71,1%

Province with unmatched beauty

The distinctively beautiful Mary and Martha mountains in the Tarkastad district. (Courtesy: Eastern Cape from Above exhibition- hyperlink to https://www.facebook.com/Eastern-Cape-From-Above-exhibition-120021378031116/)

 

 

The Eastern Cape stretches along some 800km of the south-eastern shores of South Africa.

It is a region of unmatched natural beauty, particularly its rugged cliffs and the rolling green hills of the north-east of our province.

The province’s diverse climates and landscapes range from the dry and desolate

Great Karoo to the lush forests of the Wild Coast and the Keiskamma Valley, the fertile Langkloof, renowned for its rich apple harvests and the mountainous southern Drakensberg region around the town of Elliot, now to be known as Khowa.

From the endless beaches and craggy bays of the coastline, the province gradually crosses an interior of grassland, rivers and dense forests to reach its northern boundary in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains.

The vast interior of the province ranges from the dry Karoo in the west, where small towns can be more than 100km apart, to the rolling hills and cascading rivers of the north-eastern parts of the province.

 

About the land and its people

 

 The majority of the Eastern Cape’s people speak isiXhosa. (Courtesy: Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism – hyperlink to www.dedea.gov.za)

The majority of the Eastern Cape’s people speak isiXhosa. (Courtesy: Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism – hyperlink to www.dedea.gov.za)

 

At about 170,000 square kilometres, the Eastern Cape is about the size of Uruguay.

It is the country’s second largest province taking up 14% of total South African land mass.

Its population is the 3rd largest of all the nine provinces.

The majority of its people speak isiXhosa followed by Afrikaans and English.

The language of business is English.

That is a reflection of the rich tapestry of the province’s history and culture.

 

Some call the region the crucible of modern South African history and identity.

 

Unmatched climate

 

 

The Eastern Cape also has more ‘sunshine’ days than any other South African province. (Courtesy: SA Tourism – http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/landing/visitor-home)

The Eastern Cape is the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces to have all seven of its biomes, or ecological zones, within its boundaries. 

This gives it a tremendous diversity of climates, allowing for a vast range of activities.

The Eastern Cape also has more ‘sunshine’ days than any other South African province – more than 300 out of 365 days are sunny.

 

A superior lifestyle

 

Jeffrey’s Bay is the location of the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, an event on the ASP World Surfing Tour. (Courtesy: SA Tourism – hyperlink to http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/landing/visitor-home)

 

To choose to live in the Eastern Cape is to choose a superior lifestyle with all modern conveniences at hand.

Here, more than 300 days in a year are sunny, a magnificent coastline stretches along 800km of the warm Indian Ocean, numerous unspoiled estuaries run into the sea, and in winter, snow caps the mountains inland.

Lifestyle is a make-or-break factor in investment decisions.

Many investors speak of the ease they have in attracting staff to work in the Eastern Cape.

Rich natural resources

 

The Eastern Cape is home to agricultural produce such as tomatoes. (Courtesy: Coega IDZ – hyperlink to www.coega.co.za)

The Eastern Cape is abundantly rich in natural resources, from grazing land to forests, marine life to rich farming soils, water to wilderness.

With all seven of South Africa’s ecological zones, the province’s climate allows for the production of a wide range of crops.

Crops as diverse as pineapples, tea, tomatoes and chicory are successfully cultivated.

Pondoland, in the east of the province, holds some of the richest soils in the country.