Parks Tau

National Assembly

Parks Tau

About Parks Tau

Mpho Franklyn Parks Tau (born 1970) is currently serving as the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. He was the mayor of the City of Johannesburg, South Africa from 2011-2016.

At the age of fourteen, he joined the Congress of South African Students (COSAS)and became engaged in student activism for the first time. In the 1980s, he was detained several times during national states of emergency periods of strict restrictions on anti-apartheid activities. Tau was later elected president of the SRC at Pace Commercial College. There he met college vice president Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali, who encouraged him and other PACE students to voice their political beliefs. In 1989, at the age of 19, Tau was elected president of the Soweto Youth Congress and later he became a leading member of its subsequent incarnation, the African National Congress Youth League.

2019 committee attendance as minister/deputy

Attended 7 meetings

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Committee appearances

  • Department of Public Enterprises on its 2011 Strategic Plan 22 Mar 2011

    Mr Tau (ANC, Northern Cape) asked how it would be possible for the Department to capitalise SOEs without giving them funds from the fiscus.
  • Department of Public Enterprises on its 2011 Strategic Plan 22 Mar 2011

    Mr Tau (ANC, Northern Cape) said that the Committee needed to strengthen its oversight role over SOEs where there was a need for political intervention. He asked whether the Department of Transport had any mandate to oversee SOEs such as SAA.
  • Construction Industry Development Board Strategic Plan, Business Plan and 2009/2010 Budget 12 Oct 2009

    Mr M Tau (ANC; Northern Cape) asked what measures were implemented by the CIDB to fight poverty and unemployment. He asked how emerging companies were protected from abuse by large companies. He asked how many disabled persons and young persons were registered. He wanted to know if penalties were applied ...
  • International Plant Protection Convention: Department briefing 26 Oct 2005

    Mr Tau (ANC, Northern Cape) asked what the financial implications of the convention would be for South Africa. Dr Visser said the benefits would by far outweigh the financial implications for South Africa. It would not make a dent in the South African economy.
  • Environmental Affairs Department Budget: briefing 25 May 2004

    Mr Tau (ANC) pointed out that in one way or another the Department would be involved in infrastractural development. He asked to what extent the Department has moved beyond micro enterprise into developing co-operatives in tourism as a tool to maximise participation by the second economy in this vital sector.

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