043 703 6300

495

ECRDA loans disbursed

R35,2m

Total value of loans disbursed

21

MAFISA loans disbursed

R11,3m

of MAFISA loans dibursed

158

158 hemp permits secured

158

158 hemp permits secured

495

ECRDA loans disbursed

R35,2m

Total value of loans disbursed

21

MAFISA loans disbursed

R11,3m

of MAFISA loans dibursed

158

158 hemp permits secured

158

158 hemp permits secured

Dear Valued Customers and Service Providers,

We hope this message finds you well. We wish to alert you to a pressing security concern regarding the exploitation of ECRDA’s procurement processes by malicious entities conducting fake email scams.

Recent incidents have highlighted the misuse of the ECRDA procurement process by bad actors attempting to carry out fraudulent activities. These scams pose a significant threat to the integrity and trustworthiness of digital communications, with the potential to compromise sensitive information and security.

In response to this, we strongly advise all our valued service providers and users to exercise heightened vigilance. Please be aware of deceptive tactics employed by these scammers, who may attempt to manipulate recipients into divulging sensitive information or taking actions that could jeopardize the security of their accounts or systems or request payments for the issuing of tenders.

To mitigate the risks associated with these activities, we recommend the following:

Enhance Email Verification: Implement robust email verification processes to ascertain the legitimacy of incoming communications. Verify the authenticity of emails, especially those related to ECRDA compliance.

Educate and Train: Raise awareness among your teams about the current threat landscape and provide guidance on identifying potential phishing attempts. Encourage caution when interacting with emails, even if they appear to be from a legitimate source.

Strengthen Monitoring: Reinforce monitoring systems to detect and respond promptly to any suspicious activities related to ECRDA compliance. Regularly review access logs and audit trails for any unusual patterns or behavior.

Communicate with Stakeholders: Keep your customers informed about the potential risks associated with fake ECRDA-related emails. Advise them to verify the authenticity of such communications before taking any action.

We believe that by working together and remaining vigilant, we can collectively address and neutralize the risks posed by these malicious actors. Should you come across any suspicious activities or possess information that could aid in tracking down these perpetrators, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to maintaining a secure digital environment for all users.

CATALYTIC HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS

The ECRDA has a dedicated focus on formulating, promoting, and ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive Integrated rural development strategy for the Eastern Cape.

ECRDA drives the implementation of catalytic high impact projects with the village being the centre of operation. These projects include agro-processing, forestry development, wool and mohair, marine tilapia farming, cannabis and hemp development all supported by our rural financial services.

AGRO-
PROCESSING

Getting more currency into the pockets of rural communities through a vibrant agro-processing programme that promotes commercialisation, value addition and beneficiation of primary production.

FORESTRY
DEVELOPMENT

A strong community focus whichmtransforms unproductive communal land assets which have a high commercial forestry development and processing potential into hubs of improved economic activity.

FORESTRY
DEVELOPMENT

A strong community focus whichmtransforms unproductive communal land assets which have a high commercial forestry development and processing potential into hubs of improved economic activity.

CANNABIS AND
HEMP DEVELOPMENT

Promoting the growth and development of the cannabis and hemp industry in order to contribute to job creation, food security and value addition activities which should result in the improvement of rural income.

WOOL AND
MOHAIR

Driving the development of the wool and mohair industry so that small scale producers receive premium prices for their products at international markets.

MARINE TILAPIA
INDUSTRY

Promoting the development of a thriving marine tilapia industry which acts as a catalyst for food security and job creation and value addition through environmentally friendly aquaculture practices.

CANNABIS AND
HEMP DEVELOPMENT

Promoting the growth and development of the cannabis and hemp industry in order to contribute to job creation, food security and value addition activities which should result in the improvement of rural income.

WOOL AND
MOHAIR

Driving the development of the wool and mohair industry so that small scale producers receive premium prices for their products at international markets.

MARINE TILAPIA
INDUSTRY

Promoting the development of a thriving marine tilapia industry which acts as a catalyst for food security and job creation and value addition through environmentally friendly aquaculture practices.

The ECRDA vision serves to inspire the organisation to work tirelessly towards transformed rural areas that are socially and economically developed as well as establishing an institutional environment that is conducive to rural development.

RURAL FINANCIAL
SERVICES

Providing empowering loan funding to deserving rural entrepreneurs in order to stimulate vibrant economic activity and the promotion of improved wealth creation.

RURAL FINANCIAL
SERVICES

Providing empowering loan funding to deserving rural entrepreneurs in order to stimulate vibrant economic activity and the promotion of improved wealth creation.

RURAL FINANCIAL
SERVICES

Head Office

3-33 Phillip Frame Road,
Waverley Office Park,
2nd Floor, Chiselhurst,
East London, 5201

Report fraud to 0800 701 701:
Reports are made anonymous in
all official South African languages

RURAL FINANCIAL
SERVICES

Head Office

3-33 Phillip Frame Road,
Waverley Office Park,
2nd Floor, Chiselhurst,
East London, 5201

Report fraud to 0800 701 701:
Reports are made anonymous in
all official South African languages

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

MEDIA OFFICE

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) Champions Hemp Sector Development

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The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) is at the forefront of developing South Africa's hemp and cannabis sector, recognising its significant potential for...

The 6th Annual African Agri Investment Indaba

by | Nov 27, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

The 6th Annual African Agri Investment Indaba, held in Cape Town from November 20 to 22, 2023, has firmly established itself as the premier investment summit in the...

ECRDA Commodity Dialogues – Potatoes – CEO Opening Remarks

by | Nov 24, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

ECRDA sefa Blended Finance Signing Ceremony

by | Nov 14, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

Partnership Agreement Signing Between Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) And The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA)

by | Nov 9, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

On Friday, 10 November 2023, ECRDA and sefa will be launching and signing a Partnership Agreement on a R75 million blended finance scheme to assist Eastern Cape...

ECRDA Commodity Dialogue – Potatoes – 8 November 2023

by | Nov 7, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

We are thrilled to invite you to the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency's (ECRDA) Commodity Dialogues on Potatoes, which will take place on November 8, 2023. The...

ECRDA Commodity Dialogues

by | Nov 3, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

A dynamic gathering of agricultural experts, industry leaders, and policymakers that delves into crucial themes such as market trends, sustainability, supply chain...

1,000 FARMERS RECEIVE ON-FARM GREENING SUPPORT

by | Feb 21, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

More than 1,000 farmers including 10 shearing sheds received “on-farm greening” training in 2021/22 to ensure they are compliant with the International Wool and Mohair...

THREE FORESTRY ENTERPRISES DELIVER R10,5 MILLION OF TIMBER TO THE MARKET

by | Feb 16, 2023 | Media Releases | 0 Comments

Three Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) community-owned forestry enterprises delivered 12,584 tons of timber valued at R10,5 million to the commercial...

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About Us

Vision and mission of the ECRDA

Guiding Principles

The values that underpin the
vision and mission of ECRDA

Mandates

ECRDA’s policy and legislative mandates

Organisational Structure

The leadership structure of
the ECRDA

Board of Directors

Board charged with guiding the ECRDA’s overall plans

Executives

The leadership team that ensure execution of the boards plans

Agro-Processing

Farmers are supported so that they can effectively compete in the global market place.

Cannabis and Hemp

Promoting the growth and development of the cannabis and hemp industry.

Forestry Development

A strong community focus.

Marine Tilapia Industry

Development of a thriving marine tilapia industry.

Wool and Mohair

Developing competitiveness of small-scale farmers.

Rural Finance

Finance that stimulates vibrant rural economic activity.