Parks Tau to deliver JN Boshoff Memorial Lecture at UFS

Former City of Jo'burg Mayor Parks Tau to deliver JN Boshoff Memorial Lecture at UFS

Parks Tau will deliver the JN Boshoff Memorial Lecture at the University of the Free State next Wednesday. The Acting Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Prof Philippe Burger will be hosting Tau, who will deliver his lecture in the Department of Public Administration and Management on the topic ‘What is the significance of public service in nation building within a democracy’.

Parks Tau is the President of both the global network United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

Having completed his studies in Public Management at Regenesys Business School, he further holds a University of London Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management.

The second democratically elected Executive Mayor of the city of Johannesburg between 2011 and 2016, Tau headed various portfolios in this metro, including Development Planning, Transport and Environment and Economic Development and Finance.

Mr Tau’s other leadership roles include:

  • Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Greater Johannesburg Region.
  • Co-chairperson of the United Nations Independent High- level Panel overseeing the effectiveness of the UN- Habitat programme.
  • Chairperson of the South African Cities Network.
  • Deputy Chairperson of the United Nations Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities.

Mr Tau is also a member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee and the former Co-president of the Metropolis network, which aims to build resilient and sustainable cities amidst the pressures of urbanisation and climate change.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at 17:30 i8n the Auditorium, Equitas Building. For more information contact Mary Masiloane on 051-401-2435 or e-mail: