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Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders

Strategic Goal : 6

An enabling service environment in traditional leadership institutions to improve socio-economic development through integrated support services


The Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders Strives to be a catalyst for excellence in preserving the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and the promotion of culture and customs.


The mission of the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders is to achieve its vision by:Developing people centred, effective and efficient traditional leadership institutions that are premised on integrated rural development strategies;
Strengthening the mode of service delivery excellence that permeates and resonates with all spheres of traditional leadership institutions;
Striving to be a premier par excellence performing traditional leadership institution that serves as a model for the Republic and rural population (people);
Excelling in the preservation of traditional norms, heritage and culture practices in the Eastern Cape.
Enhancing the observation of human rights, equality for all, moral regeneration and upholding the rule of law, and
Allocating targeted financial (capital) resources, tailor-made and dynamic human capital solutions as well as a user-friendly environment for all our peoples.


Our values are people orientated and are based on the Batho Pele Principles.
Strategic Objectives
To promote sustainable communities by implementing appropriate institutional Systems, good governance and sustainable development in all Traditional Leadership Institutions.
To improve the developmental capacity of the Traditional Leadership Institutions for rural development

Brief History of the Eastern Cape HoTL

The Eastern Cape HoTL started operations in the year 1996 under the leadership of Nkosi M Nonkonyana with only 20 serving members. The offices at the time were situated at Bisho show grounds and later moved to Provincial legislature where they were housing for few years before moving to the new state of the art building where the House is currently operating at present.
Legislative Mandate
In terms of the House of Traditional Leaders Act. No1. Of 1995 as amended and other related legislations the mandate of the House is to:

Advise and make proposals to Provincial Government on:
 Matters of Traditional Leadership
 Indigenous Law
 Traditions, culture & Customs
Comment on Provincial & National Bills pertaining to traditional communities
Investigate & advise on claims and counter claims on traditional leadership
Ensure cooperation between traditional leadership & the 2 spheres of Government
Spearhead Rural Development
Promotion of peace and stability in rural communities and many more

14 Constituencies of the House

Members of the House hail from 14 constituencies throughout the province and within rural communities namely: Alice, Bizana, Dalindyebo, Emboland, Fingoland, Gcaleka, Maluti, Mt. Ayliff, Nyandeni, Qamata, Qaukeni, Sterksruit, Whittlesea, and Mngqeshe.