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ON THE VINE: Harrison Hope near Whittlesea may be the start of a new tourism opportunity in the Eastern Cape
ON THE VINE: Harrison Hope near Whittlesea may be the start of a new tourism opportunity in the Eastern Cape

STUTTERHEIM is set to become one of three buy-back centres in the Eastern Cape after the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) funded a polyfibre project with a R22-million injection from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Employment Creation Fund.
The project will see the establishment of a factory in Port Alfred and three buy-back centres, the other two in Port Alfred and Grahamstown.
Funded with an initial R2.2-million by ECDC, the project has received South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification for the material. The fibre, which is a combination of pineapple and plastic waste, is being used in the manufacture of window and door frames, furniture and a range of utility bags.
ECDC first became involved in the project when the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEAT) asked the corporation to fund the establishment of the buy-back centres located near solid waste disposal sites, the body indicated in a press release this week.
ECDC chief executive Ndzondelelo Dlulane said in 2015-16 the innovation unit spent R6-million testing and piloting the ideas of small businesses. In turn, ECDC attracted R19.8-million of third-party funding for these projects,” says Dlulane.
Among several projects, the ECDC had also invested R750000 in extending and renovating the Whittlesea wine estate, Harrison Hope, established in 2006. Three years later, the estate produced its first harvest with a selection of white and red wines from chardonnay, pinotage and merlot cultivars.
Incubated from the Genesis and Emma Plot Vineyards in the Western Cape, the 2009 vintages marked another milestone with the South African Wine Industry Information and Systems NPC, the wine regulatory body in South Africa, certifying the Eastern Cape as a new wine region.

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