EASTERN Cape is well known for having produced many politicians and local and national government leaders.
I visited Coffee Bay in Mqanduli recently. The Bomvana area offers the best of simple beach life and SA's friendliest people.
I met some overseas visitors, one of whom was an Irish tourist who comes to the area formerly known as Transkei frequently. He asked why the region has never developed.
He said a pothole on the way to Mqandulu from Mthatha had not been repaired since 2001.
This reminded me of a pothole in the Mthata CBD that has been there for as long as I can remember.
The answer was very simple: the region loses most of its best brains to the big cities.
These brains never return to contribute in their region by way of investing in the area or by educating people about what they should expect when they vote.
The locals continue to seek jobs in bigger cities though they have all the wealth of the beach in front of them.
All the hotels, lodges and backpacker establishments are owned by whites, who employ only a few locals.
There is no evidence that the government has tried to teach locals how to exploit their natural resources for their own gain.
When things don't happen in Transkei, we simply move out.
For how long will our people play second best in the Eastern Cape economy?
It's time for those whisky quaffing high flyers in SA's bigger cities who come from here to look after their region.
And though the 2010 soccer will bring not sustainable development to Eastern Cape, the people themselves can do a lot for their region.
Lwazi Mtshiyo, Johannesburg