South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Mr Mpho Parks Tau

Mr. Parks Tau is the President of the global network, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the President of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). He is furthermore the second democratically elected Executive
Mayor of Africa's largest economic hub - the City of Johannesburg between 2011 – 2016, wherein he drove a spatial and socio-economic transformation agenda during his tenure.

Mr Tau, who is also the Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Greater Johannesburg Region, is a seasoned local government activist with over 20 years’ experience in the field.

He has served as the City of Johannesburg Member of Mayoral Committee from the year 2000 – where he headed various portfolios that included Development Planning, Transport & Environment, as well as that of Finance & Economic Development, respectively.
Mr Tau is a University of London alumni with a Masters in Public Policy and Management. He led Johannesburg into strategic local and international partnerships during his tenure to advance spatial and socio-economic transformation in the city.

As a result, by the end of his term as the Executive Mayor, the City of Johannesburg was a leader in developmental governance and on par with some progressive global cities on sustainability.

This has further resulted in Mr Tau being elected onto various leadership roles in prominent local and international bodies. He was recently appointed into an eight-member United Nations High Level Independent Panel to oversee the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat – a programme that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. He was also appointed to co-Chair the Panel alongside Mexico Minister Rosario Robles.

His other leadership roles include his appointment as the Chairperson of the South African Cities Network and the deputy Chairperson of the United Nations Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities.

Furthermore, Mr Tau is a member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee and the Co-President of Metropolis - a network of metropolitans established to build resilient and sustainable cities amidst the pressures of urbanisation and climate change.

Mr Mpho Parks Tau

Mr Mpho Parks Tau

Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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