Outcomes of the Special EXCO Meeting held on 29 May 2014


Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has today, Thursday, 29 May 2014 presided over a Special Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Council of the Eastern Cape Government. The meeting took place within the context of unveiling a short term programme of Action that will ensure that the Executive Council reaches out to the people of the Eastern Cape and thank them for the high turnout in the May 7 polls that resulted in a resounding electoral victory for the African National Congress in the Eastern Cape.
“ As the Executive Council, we felt that it was important to say Thank You to them as Government in re – electing us back into power and to reaffirm our commitment in ensuring that working together with them, we continue to make the Eastern Cape, a better place than it was in the past 20 years” Premier Masualle said.  Deliberations focused the allocation of responsibilities to various members of the Executive Council to ensure that Government through the cluster system works in an efficient, integrated and co-ordinated manner. 

“As the Premier, I will chair the Premier’s Co-ordinating Forum and the various Clusters have been allocated to members to lead.” said Premier Masualle        
  1. MEC Fikile Xasa  - Governance and Administration Cabinet committe
  2. MEC Helen Sauls – August - Social Transformation Cabinet Committe
  3. MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane  - Economic Development Cabinet Committee 
  4. MEC Sakhumzi Somyo – Cabinet Budget Committee 

Strengthening partnerships with civil society relies on co-ordination. Thus, in the spirit of partnership and co-operation members of the Executive also have added responsibilities, in the following structures:
The Eastern Cape Socio – Economic Consultative Council – will have MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane as its Board Chairperson 
The Members of the Executive Council also deliberated on the Provincial Communications Strategy in support of the transition of the 5th Term of Administration aimed at communicating to the people of the Province. The Plan was warmly received by the Executive and is being strengthened to ensure that Government communicates its Proposed Programme of Action in the short term; to enable the citizenry to be informed. As part of the activities and programmes, the Executive also deliberated on its approach for Youth Month which will mark the 38th anniversary of June 16, 1976 in the context of the 20 year Celebrations of our Freedom.
Key Programmes to be marked during June, 2014, will be the Ingquza Massacre as well as Youth activities honouring young people’s role in the 20 years of Freedom in partnership with the NYDA in the province. The Eastern Cape Government will in partnership with the University of Fort Hare and other stakeholders; such as the National Heritage Council participate in Provincial Africa Day celebrations scheduled to take place at Fort Hare, today and tomorrow (29 – 30 May 2014).The Celebrations at Fort Hare will also feature a Lecture series by respected academics.
On, Sunday, 0 1 June 2014; in partnership with Umhlobo Wenene FM; the Executive will participate in a Prayer Session for Members of the Provincial Legislature with the clergy at Jan Smuts Stadium in East London. The meeting ended on a positive note, rejuvenated by the May 7 resounding victory as well as the commitment of the Executive to ensure that we move the Eastern Cape Province forward!