Department Of Economic Development Environmental Affairs And Tourism

Department Of Economic Development Environmental Affairs And Tourism

The vision of the Department Of Economic Development Environmental Affairs And Tourism is of a province where economic growth and sound environmental management underpin sustainable development. Its main strategic goal is innovation for sustainable development, with the strategic objectives being to improve organisational performance, local economic participation, emission reduction, carbon reduction and green economy initiatives, and to secure the provincial conservation status.
The primary mandate change resulted from the formalisation of the 12 key outcomes identified and agreed to by the National Cabinet. The Department had to adjust its strategic plan to demonstrate the following outcomes: decent employment through inclusive economic growth; an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network; environmental assets and natural resources that are well protected and continually enhanced; an efficient, effective and development-orientated public service; and an empowered, fair and inclusive citizenship.
Economic development focus on four programmes: Integrated economy, trade and industry development, business regulation and governance, and economic planning.
Its environmental responsibilities centre on five programmes: Policy coordination and environmental planning, compliance and enforcement, environmental quality management, biodiversity management and environmental empowerment services.

EDEAT Vision

 To be the recognised leader in coordination and implementation of policies and strategies for sustainable and shared economic development and environmental management in the Eastern Cape”.

DEDEAT Mission

 To promote and facilitate equitable, sustainable economic development and environmental management, through effective programmes, partnerships and people-centred service standards.

DEDEA is mandate to:

  • Accelerate economic growth;
  • Promote sustainable environmental management;
  • Reduce economic inequalities;
  • Diversify tourism development;
  • Facilitate investment promotion.
  • Our Values
  • DEDEA is strongly committed to:
  • Building a better life for all South Africans and a natural environment in which to live
  • Transparency, service delivery and community participation as embodied in the Batho Pele Principles
  • Fiscal responsibility enjoined on us by the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), 1999
  • Transformation within the Department, within civil society and above all within the beautiful natural world that we all inhabit
  • Innovation and Leadership

Positioning itself to achieve and accomplish its vision and mission, DEDEA is strategically divided into three programmes and an array of prudently structured sub-programmes. These programmes are Administration, Economic Development and Environmental Management.  DEDEA vision is shared by all of its employees and gives a sense of belonging as well as the joy for dedication to serve our people with pride in fulfilling the mandate of the department.


Economic Development

  • Integrated Economic Development service
  • Trade and Industry Development
  • Business Regulation and Governance
  • Economic Planning

Economic Development Management
Integrated Economic Development service
Enterprise Development
Local Economic Development
Economic Empowerment
Trade and Industry Development
Trade and Industry Promotion
Sector Development
Industry Development
Business Regulation and Governance
Corporate Governance
Consumer Protection
Liquor Regulation
Gambling and Betting
Economic Planning
Policy and Planning
Research and Development
Knowledge Management
Monitoring and Evaluation

Environment Affairs Management

Environmental Management
Policy Coordination and Environmental Planning
Intergovernmental Coordination, Spatial and Development Planning
Legislative Development
Research and Development Support
Information Management Services
Compliance and Enforcement
Environmental Quality Management Authorisation, Compliance and Enforcement
Biodiversity Management Authorisation, Compliance and Enforcement
Coastal Authorisation, Compliance and Enforcement
Environmental Quality Management
Impact Management
Air Quality Management
Climate Change Management
Pollution and Waste Management
Coastal Pollution Management
Biodiversity Management
Biodiversity and Protected Area Planning and Management
Conservation Agencies and Services
Coastal Resource Use
Environmental Empowerment Services
External Capacity Building and Support
Sector Skills Development and Training
Environmental Education and Awareness Raising

Contact details

Physical: Beacon Hill, Hockley Close, King William’s Town, 5605
Postal: Private Bag X0054, Bhisho, 5605
Tel: 043 605 7000
Fax: 043 605 7303

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