Poverty Alleviation in the Eastern Cape 2011

Blueprint is currently implementing a social responsibility project in Eastern Cape. The project focuses on Jeffreys bay, St Francis Bay, Oyster Bay, Huisklip, Eersterivier and surrounding costal areas. Over 100 workers have been employed until June 2013.

The Social Responsibility Programme (SRP) was established in 1999 as Poverty Relief Programme of the then Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. As a Poverty alleviation programme, the programme’s mandate was to contribute towards alleviation of poverty while empowering beneficiaries to participate in the mainstream economy in a manner that addresses the core responsibilities of the Department. In 2004, the programme was reorganized and strengthened in line with the paradigm shift in government’s strategies to address poverty. Following the macro restructuring of Departments in 2010, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) separated with Department of Tourism. The Department of Environmental Affairs reconfirmed its commitment to continue with its mandate to fight poverty through this Programme while remaining relevant to the mandate of the Department. The main goal of the programme is to alleviate poverty through a number of interventions that are implemented in communities to uplift households especially those headed by women. The following are objectives of the programme in line with this goal:

  • job creation,
  • skills development,
  • development of SMMEs


As part of the programme’s strategy, in addressing the broader goal of poverty alleviation, the programme targets certain categories of people, specifically, the previously disadvantaged, i.e. women, youth and people with disabilities. To support this, the programme invests 40% of the program funding in the development of nodes as specified under the Urban Renewal Program and the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Program. As a way of advancing the mandate of the Department at local level, the programme also provides capacity to various municipalities through the Local Government Support Programme, in the form of human resources.

The programme is implemented through four focus areas which seek to mirror the functions of the Department in terms of both mandate and the projects funded. These focus areas are as follows: Working on Waste, Working for the Coast, Sustainable Land Based Livelihood and People & Parks

Below are the details of the project

Name of the Project: EC WftC Van Stadens - Tsitsikamma 11/13
Location - From Van Stadens to Tsitsikamma, this covers both Kouga and Koukamma Municipalities
This project is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs

This picture of the workers was in the following papers: KOUGA EXPRESS and OUR TIMES.

Project Photo Gallery

Poverty Alleviation - Eastern Cape Cleaning the beach Getting ready for Tourism

Poverty Alleviation - Eastern CapePoverty Alleviation - Eastern Cape Keeping the beaches safe

Alien plant controlBuilding for the future Coast Care Workers with Kouga Municipality, 
Mayor and Councillors