Past eventResearch Event

Governing South Africa’s Cities: Growth and Development in Johannesburg

18 May 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Chatham House, London, UK


Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, Executive Mayor, City of Johannesburg
Chair: Neil Chrimes, Head of Programmes, Lord Mayor's Office



South Africa’s cities are growing rapidly, and by 2050 nearly 80% of the country’s population is expected to live in urban areas. In the country’s economic hub of Johannesburg, this migration is increasing pressure on policy-makers for private sector job creation, service delivery, housing and food and water security. The promotion of a safer and greener city with expanded public transport and infrastructure means Johannesburg remains a regional economic hub and favoured investment destination, with increasing status in the world economy.

At this meeting, Parks Tau, executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg, will discuss the city’s regeneration and development, and highlight policy options for further growth and international integration.