Hi, I am Brett Herron and I am putting my hand up to serve as the Mayor of our great City of Cape Town. Here is a little about me.
I am lawyer by profession. I graduated with a B.A and postgraduate LL.B degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu-Natal) and was admitted as an attorney in 1994.
From 2018 to 2020 I attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I completed an MSc in Cities degree. I was awarded a Bloomberg Scholarship for Public Service.
I served in executive city office, in Cape Town for almost a decade. In 2010 I was appointed as the Mayco Member for Community Services.
In 2011 I was re-elected to the Council and was appointed the Mayoral Committee Member for Transport. Between 2011 and 2016 I led the implementation of what was at one point regarded as Africa’s most successful Bus Rapid Transit system, the MyCiTi Bus.
Following the August 2016 local government elections I was re-elected to the Council and appointed as the Mayco Member responsible for Transport & Urban Development. In the reconfigured government I was responsible for Transport, Spatial Planning and Housing.
I championed a new approach to urban development which included a new spatial form, spatial integration and what we called a “180-degree about-turn on housing delivery”.
I resigned from the DA (Democratic Alliance), my position on Mayco and from Council after the DA blocked several affordable housing projects I had initiated because the projects were on well-located public land.
In May 2019 I was elected a Member of Provincial Parliament in the Western Cape representing the fledgling GOOD party. I serve as a member of the following standing committees:
Human Settlements (Housing)
Transport and Public Works
Environment and Development Planning.
I am a passionate champion of integrated affordable housing, efficient and sustainable urban forms, and urban connectivity.
Over the decade in government I have gained substantial experience in governing a rapidly urbanising city in the developing world. I am also an entrepreneur. Since 2002 I have owned of an accredited legal skills training business which provides paralegal and related training at campuses in Cape Town, Pretoria, Randburg and Durban.
I am also a founding partner in ComplexCity, a urban consultancy established in 2020, with three other graduates of the MSc in Cities degree programme.
B.A. (University of Natal)
LL.B (University of Natal)
MSc in Cities (London School of Economics)
Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa
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