PROFILE OF MEC PARKS TAU
Mr Mpho Parks Tau is the Member of the Executive Council [MEC] responsible for the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development in the Gauteng Provincial Government. Mr Tau is the Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in Gauteng.
Parks Tau is a seasoned local government practitioner with over 20 years as a councilor in the Metro. He has completed his studies in Public Management from Regenesys Business School, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Management from the University of London.
Historical Reflection: Positions and political career
Having joined Local government as a Councilor in 2000, Parks Tau has continued to play a critical role in the discourse about socio-economic development, particularly the previously disadvantaged citizens of South Africa. In year 2000 Tau was appointed as MMC for Development Planning, Transportation, and Environment. From 2003 to 2011 Tau served as MMC of the Finance & Economic Development portfolio of the City of Joburg.
In 2011 Parks Tau was elected as the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg until 2016. He was the second democratically elected Mayor after Amos Masondo. While as the Executive Mayor, Tau was elected into various leadership roles as he became the President of #SALGA. This election saw him becoming a strong contender and was elected to be the President of #UCLG.
Tau has served in many organizations during his 20 years as a Councilor;
He was appointed Co-Chairperson of the UN High-Level Independent Panel, established to oversee the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat program.
He is a member of the World Resource Institutes & Coalition for Urban Transition. He is the former Chairperson of SA Cities Network.
He is the former Deputy Chairperson of the UN Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities. He is a member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee. Tau is the former co-President of Metropolis – a network of metropolitans established to build resilient and sustainable cities.
In 2009 Parks was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs by the state President Ramaphosa. He served in this position until he was appointed to the Gauteng cabinet in December 2020.
Born in 1970 Orlando West, Soweto, Mpho Tau grew up during one of the most difficult times for a black child. He was exposed to the injustices of the apartheid regime and joined COSAS, and became involved in student activism at the age of 14. In the 1980s he was detained many times by the police during the various national states of emergency by apartheid government.
In 1989 he was elected as president of the Soweto Youth Congress, and played an integral part of the ANC Youth League.
Parks Tau has served as part of Joburg Regional Executive as Secretary and as Chairperson. He is currently the Provincial Treasurer in Gauteng as elected at the ANC Provincial Conference in 2018.
MEC Tau continues to demonstrate his commitment to turn our country into an equitable, non-racial, non-sexist, a prosperous, and just society for all – particularly its youth and women – through the ongoing implementation of all developmental programs.
MEC Tau can be reached on social media via;
Twitter – @TauParks
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