Department: Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs

Contact details

Physical: 34 Markgraaf Street, Westdene, 9301
Postal: Private Bag X20801, Bloemfontein, 9300
Tel: 051 404 9600
Fax: 051 400 4732


The mission of the Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs is to provide sound economic and environmental management systems that ensure economic development and poverty reduction in the Free State.

The Department's constitutional mandates require it to oversee and administer the following: trade; tourism; casinos, racing, gambling and wagering, excluding lotteries and sports pools; consumer protection; environment; industrial promotion; nature conservation; pollution control; provincial public enterprises; soil conservation; and liquor licenses and control of undertakings that sell liquor to the public.

Furthermore, the Department's constitutional mandate emphasises that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Office Bearers/Management

Dr B Malakoane
Head of Department
Ms M Gasela

Dr Benny Malakoane
Head of Department:
Ms Matilda Gasela
Senior Management:
Mr Lucas Mahoa (Office Manager: MEC)
Mr Murendeni Nndanduleni (Office Manager: HOD)
Communications Officers:
Mr Tau Kgotso (Head: Communication)

Financial Information

All Financial Values: R'0002015/162014/152013/142012/13
AUDIT OUTCOMEQualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedFinancially UnqualifiedQualified
Total Final Appropriation469 896449 974440 196418 047
Actual Expenditure463 825432 055432 354407 139
Employee Compensation213 471195 033179 251163 024
Goods and Services94 88686 17490 96484 658
Capital Assets23 17012 32224 49835 304
Unauthorised Expenditure----
Irregular Expenditure29 4524274 37524 706
Fruitless & Wasteful Expenditure193-2746 091
Posts Approvedn/a837816779
Posts Filledn/a623641654
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