South Africa has nine provinces and each province has its own provincial government, with legislative power vested in a provincial legislature and executive power vested in a provincial premier and exercised together with the other members of a provincial executive council.
The national government is composed of three inter-connected branches:
- Legislative: Parliament, consisting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces
- Executive: The President, who is both Head of State and Head of Government
- Judicial: The Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the High Court
All bodies of the South African government are subject to the rule of the Constitution, which is the supreme law in South Africa.
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
An integrated, responsive and highly effective governance system, including communities, to achieve sustainable development nd improved service delivery. One of the important strategic objectives is to oversee the implementation of the intergovernmental programme of support to the Institution of Traditonal Leadership to perform their constitutional mandate.
Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism
It aims to spearhead growth and development of the provinicial economy through provincial owned entities such as the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board as well as the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency. It is also the lead driver on a number of initiatives such as the auto cluster and the Wild Coast Development.
Department of Roads and Public Works
A custodian of provincial government immovable assets and a provider of sustainable infrastructure resulting in socio-economic reforms, sector transformation and development.
Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform
The strategic goal is to improve rural economic livelihoods through creation of employment opportunities and coordinate, facilitate and report on rural development. Within Agricultural development a strategic goal is to enhance a thriving farming sector and enable access to affordable food where the objecitve is support farmers with appropriate cropping, livestock production and technologies to ensure sustainable livelihoods.
Department of Safety and Liaison
The Mission is to make the Eastern Cape the leading province in providing a safe and secure environment which supports maximum growth and development through liaison with the relevant stakeholders.
Eastern Cape Department of Social Development
The Department of Social Development is committed to the agnda of social transformation that is embodied in the principle in the principal of social justice and the Bill of Rights contained in our Constitution.
Eastern Cape Sports, Recreation and Arts and Culture
The mission is to promote a prosperous, united and peaceful Eastern Cape where the spiritual, intellectual and material upliftment of the people is fully realised through Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture by: Increasing mass participation, accessing of facilities and resources, developing skills and excellence and preserving and conserving our cultural and natural heritage, thus ensuring the dignity of all citizens and thereby recostructing and developint our nation.