Rural Partners - Eastern Cape

Berlin

Berlin is one of a scatter of villages on the rolling hills between East London and Bisho, now capital of the Eastern Cape and formerly capital of the Ciskei, one of South Africa’s iniquitous ‘homelands’. Houses sprawl over the eroded soil.

Burgersdorp

Burgersdorp lies north of Queenstown. The road sweeps through grass plains and distant blue hills towards Aliwal North and the Free State. This is the heart of merino sheep-farming country. Burgersdorp – which means Town of Citizens – was established by Voortrekkers in 1846. Deeply conservative, it was never an easy place in which to live.

Dordrecht

Dordrecht lies nestled in the Stormberg Mountains, just between Queenstown and East London. It is a small town surrounded by a number of farms with a large number of merino sheep and cattle ranchers in the region. Dordrecht is also known for its cheese production. Besides that farmers in this area also grow potatoes.

Herschel (Sterkspruit)

Sterkspruit (otherwise known as Herschel) is a small town in Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa surrounded by the Drakensberg mountains. Sterkspruit itself has a population of approximately 2,000 people and is 24 km from the Lesotho border.

Hofmeyr

The rural town of Hofmeyr lies in the shadow of the Bamboes Mountain Range in the Karoo. This beautiful mountain range that, depending on the time of day, ranges in colour from purple red in the mornings to a deep smoky blue in the late afternoons, begins in Molteno and forms part of the Drakensberg escarpment as it enters the Eastern Cape. 

Indwe

The Indwe Advice Office’s Vision:

“We strive for a developed, sustainable, self-reliant community at Indwe, where there will be a full participation of all the people in the development process, in order to achieve a quality of life for all.”

The Advice Office’s Mission:

Masiphakameni (Humansdorp)

Masiphakameni is isiXhosa for “Let’s stand up”, an appropriate name for a Local Development Agency (LDA) that has taken a stand against injustice and ill health.

Matatiele

Matatiele is a small town serving the farming and trading communities of East Griqualand in the foothills of the western Drakensberg, Eastern Cape. Matatiele lies on the border with KwaZulu-Natal and 20km from the southern frontier of Lesotho. Dairy farming is the principal activity. Matatiele has a population of approximately 6 000 people.

Mount Fletcher

Mount Fletcher is a rural community situated in the Elundini Municipality in the Ukhalahlamba District in the Eastern Cape Province, bordering Lesotho and the Free State Provinces. The Advice Centre implements its activities in 46 of the 66 administrative areas of the Ukhalahlamba District.

Nonesi (Ezibeleni)

The Nonesi Development and Advice Office has its own website:  http://www.nonesilda.org.za

Port St Johns

Port St. Johns is a small costal town along South Africa's Wild Coast which is labeled the "Jewel of the Wild Coast" and sold to tourists as a place with "rustic authenticity'. The Port St. Johns legal Advice Centre services six of the 20 wards in the area. Through funding from Scat a bee-keeping project is underway and has created work for four women and four men.

Sterkstroom

Sterkstroom is situated on the main railway line from East London to Johannesburg and is about 55 km from Queenstown and 258 km from East London. The town lies within the Inkwanca Local Municipality which forms part of the Chris Hani District Municipality. The area is characterised by rural firms on the outskirts of town and is a rural town with surrounding villages and townships.

Tshatshu

Tshatshu, between Queenstown and Lady Frere, is very rural and very beautiful, perched high on a hill looking out over a perfect valley dotted with rondavels and kraals. Most people rely on pensions or remittances from family members working in faraway towns for the cash necessary for survival in the remotest rural areas.

Uitenhage

The Interchurch Local Development Agency (ILDA) is located in Uitenhage which is 45 kilometres from Port Elizabeth and falls within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM).

ILDA is one of Scat's five Mentor LDA's, providing mentorship and peer to peer support to other LDAs partnered with Scat.