In Profile: Mr. Parks Tau, President of UCLG

Photo Credit: UCLG/Mark Schardan
Photo credit: UCLG/Mark Schardan

Local governments, as a sphere of government closest to the people, and best understands local challenges and opportunities, are best placed to drive development that can be culturally, environmentally and socially sustainable in their unique local contexts“.

Mr. Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau is the former Mayor of Johannesburg and recent President of the South African Local  Government Association (SALGA). Starting his political activity as a student against the Apartheid System in South Africa, he soon became involved in politics and has occupied various leadership positions in local structures. During his time in office as mayor, he expanded the public transport system, promoted the city´s infrastructure programme, and rolled out city-wide free Internet access.

Mr. Tau has recently been elected President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He provides an insight into his ideas and motivation, UCLG´s future direction and strategic partnership with DeLoG and explains why the African concept of “Ubuntu” serves as his guiding principle.

Please read the interview here.

About UCLG:

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the world organization of local and regional governments and their associations, representing and defending their interests on the world stage. It´s network of members represents over 70% of the world’s total population and is present in all world regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and West Asia, and North America; organized into 7 regional sections, it also has two specialized sections: Metropolis serving as metropolitan section and a Forum of Regions. UCLG’s key priorities are the promotion of decentralization, the SDGs, good governance, sustainable development policies and innovation through city-to-city and association-to-association learning.