Mayor Parks Tau highlights poverty, unemployment and migration as key issues

City of Johannesburg's outgoing mayor, Parks Tau, has highlighted some of the key challenges and milestones during his tenure.

Tau delivered his last State of the City Address on Wednesday in what marks the end of his term as the political leadership of Johannesburg's local governance structures.

702's John Robbie spoke to Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Parks Tau, regarding his time in office.

Listen to the interview below:

Quite emotional but quite upbeat about the issues we were able to report on, cognisant of the road and challenges ahead.

Cllr Parks Tau, City of Joburg mayor

I think it's the introduction of the youth development programme in engaging a range of partners in implementing the programme and creating channels for young people to gain opportunities.

Cllr Parks Tau, City of Joburg mayor

The biggest frustration for me is the extent to which the organisation is responsive to some the basic issues that people raise and the turnaround times.

Cllr Parks Tau, City of Joburg mayor

Johannesburg experiences an influx of 10 000 migrants every month, which places pressure on the delivery of key service delivery amenities.

It causes me great anxiety. It is the level of urbanisation and migration that continues to place a burden on the city and the reality that we have high levels of poverty and unemployment in our city.

Cllr Parks Tau, City of Joburg mayor

People are always attracted to bigger cities. We see migration as part of the development process like all other cities and countries.

Cllr Parks Tau, City of Joburg mayor
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