Members of the Executive Council are appointed by the Premier from amongst the provincial legislature to administer various provincial government departments. They are accountable to the legislature and must regularly report to the legislature on the performance of their responsibilities in government and each provincial government department has an administrative head known as Head of Department (HOD) that manages this implementation:
Department: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta)
The role of Cogta is to ensure that all municipalities perform their basic responsibilities and functions consistently by: putting people and their concerns first; supporting the delivery of municipal services to the right quality and standard; promoting good governance, transparency and accountability; ensuring sound financial management and accounting; and building institutional resilience and administrative capability.
MEC Xolile Nqatha
HOD Gabisile Gumbi-Masilela (Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)
Department: Finance, Economic Development, Environment Affairs and Tourism (Dedeat) and Treasury
Dedeat’s role is to coordinate the contributions of government departments, state entities and civil society to effect economic development; improve alignment between economic policies, plans of the province, its agencies, government’s political and economic objectives and mandate; and promote government’s goal of advancing economic development via the creation of decent work opportunities.
Provincial Treasury provides strategic and technical leadership in the allocation, management and utilisation of financial resources in order to improve quality of life in the province.
MEC Mlungisi Mvoko
HOD Daluhlanga Majeke (Treasury)
HOD Mickey Mama (Economic Affairs)
Department: Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR)
The role of DRDAR is to create vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities and food security for all. The department is responsible for topographic mapping, cadastral surveying, deed registration and land reform. Key components of the department include the Deeds Registries, the office of the Chief Surveyor-General and Land Claims Commission.
HOD Lumkile Ngada (Rural Development and Agrarian Reform)
The role of the department of education is to provide school infrastructure, ensure school attendance, enhance teaching and learning, expand access to Early Childhood Development, offer Second Chance Matric Support Programme and to support learners with intellectual disabilities amongst other things.
MEC Fundile Gade
HOD Themba Kojana (Education)
The Department of Health’s purpose is to help people live better for longer. It leads, shapes and funds health care in the Eastern Cape, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.
MEC Sindiswa Gomba
HOD Thobile Mbengashe (Health)
Department: Human Settlements
The role of this department is to promote and facilitate the provision of adequate human settlements in the province.
MEC Nonqkubela Pieters
Acting HOD Tabisa Poswa
Department: Transport, Safety and Liaison
This department plays a role of providing, facilitating, developing, regulating and enhancing a safe, affordable and reliable multimodal transport system that is integrated with land uses to ensure optimal mobility of people and goods in support of socio-economic growth and development.
The role of mission of the Eastern Cape Department of Safety and Liaison is to provide a safe and secure environment that supports growth and development through liaison with the relevant stakeholders.
MEC Weziwe Tikana
HOD Irene Mpolweni (Transport)
HOD Zukile Kani (Safety and Liaison)
Department: Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture
The role of this department is to develop and promote sport, recreation, arts and culture for spiritual, intellectual, physical and material upliftment of the people of the Eastern Cape. It also provides free, equitable and accessible library and information service, and proper management and preservation of public and non-public records.
MEC Fezeka Bayeni
HOD Mzolisi Matutu
Department: Social Development
The role of the of the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development is to improve the quality of life and social well-being of the poor and vulnerable, with a special focus on women, children, older persons, youth, and people with disabilities.
MEC Siphokazi Mani-Lusithi
HOD Ntombi Baart
The Department is a custodian of provincial government immovable assets and a provider of sustainable infrastructure, resulting in socio-economic reforms, sector transformation, and development.
HOD Thandolwethu Manda