The African National Congress on Wednesday congratulated former city of Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau on his new appointment as chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (Salga).
His new appointment was highly welcomed by ANC Greater Johannesburg Region‚ saying it was a clear vote of confidence in his abilities.
According to spokesperson Jolidee Matongo, Tau’s appointment to the SA Local Government Association was a vote of confidence in his leadership following his term as Johannesburg mayor between 2011 and 2016.
“The ANC Greater Joburg Region wishes Comrade Tau the best in his new roles and we have confidence in his abilities to take South African cities and the continent to another level of development and prosperity on the global stage.”
Tau’s new job keeps him in the local government sector.
Parks Tau got his latest appointment shortly after going global. He was recently appointed to the advisory board of the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organisation focusing on environment and development.
In addition, Tau is also planning to stand for the presidency of the global body, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)‚ in Bogota‚ Columbia this month.
Speaking on Tau’s remarkable achievements, the ANC said:
“These appointments and the UCLG nomination are a clear vote of confidence in Comrade Tau’s leadership following his deployment between 2011 and 2016 as an Executive Mayor of Africa’s economic hub‚ the city of Johannesburg.”
“…We have confidence in his abilities to take South African cities and the continent to another level of development and prosperity on the global stage.”
Based in Barcelona, UCLG is a global group that advocates “democratic local self-government” and facilitates co-operation between cities.