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The time for Africa has come!

​Former Johannesburg mayor and current chair of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Parks Tau has been elected as president of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) at the 5th UCLG World Congress in Bogota, over the weekend.

UCLG is the world organization of local and regional governments and their associations, representing and defending their interests on the world stage. This network includes over 240,000 towns, cities, regions and metropolises, and over 175 associations of local and regional governments in 140 countries.

A MILEstone for South Africa and Africa, through his election, Parks Tau will drive the entire local government fraternity to achieve its key objectives, amongst which are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Accord on Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), together with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. 

"It is not somebody doing us a favour. We are active and leading members of the world body UCLG. We are ready. We have demonstrated our cohesion and that we can work together as a continent,” said Parks Tau.
eThekwini Municipality has been chairing the UCLG Urban Strategic Planning Committee for the past 8 years and has also been responsible for driving the City to City  learning agenda internationally through the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE).

During the UCLG Congress held over the last week, MILE had the privilege of co-ordinating 6 learning sessions, including a session on the Art of Strategic Facilitation run by MILE.

The City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole and Human Settlements and Infrastructure Committee Chair, Councillor Mondli Mthembu launched the Public Space Framework document which eThekwini had been co-ordinating at the Congress. Cllr. Mthembu also had an opportunity of presenting a short report at the UCLG World Council on Saturday.

The efforts by eThekwini Municipality and SALGA over the last eight years, is certainly now bearing fruit for the Country and Continent at large. 
 

 


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