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The Eastern Cape Development Corporation offers a variety of training and development programmes, all targeted at developing the Eastern Cape based SMMEs. These are short term and some long term programmes. Follow the ECDC on social media to see when application windows are opened.
Informal Business Support Programme
Informal Businesses operating from a township, rural community or small towns across the Eastern Cape Province are invited to apply for the Informal Business Support Programme offered by the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. Download application forms here and submit them at your nearest regional DEDEAT Office.
ECDC Planned Trade Missions and Exhibition 2021/22
The ECDC in partnership with the dtic, Wesgro, SAFLEC, and other key national and provincial stakeholders will facilitate the participation of companies to the following trade missions and exhibitions for the 2021/22 fi nancial year. Download the missions here. The details for applications and closing dates are on the poster.
SAITEX Trade Show
ECDC invites companies to apply to showcase their products at the Live SAITEX Trade Show taking place from 23-25 August 2021. SAITEX Trade Show provides a platform for exporters to take advantage of trade opportunities across the continent. The tradeshow will focus on the Food and Beverages Sector. The following assistance will be offered for qualifying companies:
Exhibition space and booth
Freight forwarding of samples
Return Ticket to Johannesburg
Accommodation at dinner, bed and breakfast basis
The company will in return cover their own ground transportation when in Johannesburg.
Download the application form here.
Ghana Outward Mission
ECDC invites interested companies to participate in the physical Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana taking place from 13 to 17 September 2021. The ECDC will facilitate business-to-business meetings and conferencing for all delegates taking part in the mission. Download participation form here.
Enterprise Development Programme
The Enterprise Development Programme offers a combination of mentorship and skills development as a means to develop business owners throughout the duration of the Programme and beyond. Download the Enterprise Development Programme Application Form
ECDC has made a renewed focus on promoting trade in Africa for SMMEs, embracing Africa trade and African renaissance. Coming up is a Hybrid Outward Selling Mission to Ethiopia on 28 June to 2 July 2021 and to apply for this download the forms here.
Also to take place on 08 - 14 December 2021 is a 2nd Intra-Africa Trade Affair in Kigali, Ghana. Download the application forms for manufacturing companies or application forms for the services sector.
Cote d’ivoire Trade Mission
ECDC will host a hybrid Trade and Investment Mission on 26 - 28 June 2021. The mission will focus on exploring trade and investment opportunities in various sectors Agri, Food and Beverages, Cosmetics Industry, Health Care & Pharmaceuticals, Construction & Infrastructure Development, Light Manufacturing, Tourism & Hospitality and Services targeting companies who have been in operation for at least two (2) years. Download the application form.
Global Exporter Passport Programme
The purpose of the training is to prepare SMMEs for the successful expansion of their businesses into international markets. There is currently no training taking place. Follow us on our social media pages to see when the application window opens.
2nd Intra-Africa Trade Fair 2021
Intra-Africa Trade Fair is a key event that boosts trade in Africa. This year's theme will focus on the newsly launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) - a single market for goods and services across 55 countries, aimed at boosting trade and investment. Join the 2nd Intra-Africa Trade Fair 2021 taking place in Kigali Rwanda from 08 - 14 December 2021 and be part of the key event boosting trade in Africa. Download manufacturing applications forms and services application form to participate.
The Manager Training Programme
The Training Manager Programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is an element of Germany’s foreign trade policy. The Virtual Manager Training Programme provides the participating managers with possibility to become familiar with the German market, to establish business relations with German companies and build long-term partnerships.
The tailored training in Germany strengthens specific management competencies. Virtually conducted discussions with German managers impart examples of good business practices. Direct business contacts and negotiations provide access to the German market. An application form can be downloaded and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take note of the Data Protection Declaration form when applying.
Download the latest GIZ Journal to see how has the programme affected some of the Eastern Cape business participants.
Business Support Services
The Business Support sub-unit under the Development Finance and Business Support unit offers a variety of business support products such as market access, marketing and branding, bookkeeping and financial management, business plans, etc. To apply for the services see application form below. Client Needs Application Form
Quality Management Programme
ECDC has been in cognisance that the Small Macro Medium Enterprises (SMME) should be able to compete with the
industry leaders irrespective of the company size and therefore introducing a Quality Management programme that is
envisaged to improve access to market. The Programme application window is open and will close on 24 May 2021. Download application form here.
Business Foundation Programme
The ECDC in partnership with Black Umbrella is looking for 40 dynamic and innovative back owned enterprises in Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi municipalities in the Eastern Cape Province. Get access to training mentorship, and business coaching. To apply visit the Black Umbrellas website.
Job Stimulus Fund
The Job Stimulus Fund is set up to bring financial relief to distressed businesses and save jobs. The application process for companies affected by the COVID-19 closes on 31 March 2021. Job Stimulus Fund Application Form
Imvaba Co-operative Fund
The main focus of the fund is to promote the viability of the cooperative enterprise in the province. It serves as a revolving fund for the support of Primary Cooperatives involved in Manufacturing and Services Sectors. Imvaba Application Form
Property Management Forms
The Property Unit offers industrial, residential, small to medium enterprises suitable premises at affordable rates through its diverse property portfolio. Below is a list of application forms for the services offered.
Residential Property Waiting List Application Form Properties Residential
Get up to 50% discount on interest charged on ECDC loan, offer valid until 31 March 2021.