By Irshaad Gangat

The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) has established a Business Support Centre (BSC)to givebusinesses access to reliable and latest information on a wide range of COVID-19 relief programmes and interventions. These programmes and interventions include resources about funding, financial relief, or general support to assist businesses during this challenging period.

The support service covers all businesses in the Eastern Cape Province in all sectors including those that were previously not covered by the Manufacturing Support Centre (MSC) which targeted manufacturing and agro-processing sectors.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the devastating impact it has on the economy, the Province is following the national government’s lead to act swiftly and established a Disaster Response Committee to develop, support and monitor interventions to mitigate the challenges. As part of the intervention process, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government has established workstreams to support businesses to navigate through this exceedingly difficult period and set an economic recovery process in motion.

This was done by creating new investment opportunities through the upcoming investment conference, stimulating job creation and encouraging job retention.

Applications or support requests by businesses can be done online via the Business Support portal, or call 087 255 5310 for assistance.

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