A Plan for Leadership

I have the ability and qualities required to lead this great city.
What I bring to the city is my wholehearted commitment to our residents, a collaborative style of leadership, a thorough understanding of our city’s challenges and a long track record in leading the teams with which I have worked to implement sustainable solutions.
I believe my style of leadership will enable leaders, members and officials in our governing Democratic Alliance (DA) and the City of Cape Town to work together to meet our two key challenges:

  • The urgent need to restore unity of purpose in the DA caucus and city leadership and administration. This will enable us to resume focused service delivery and continue to eliminate the blight of social and economic injustice embedded during the apartheid era.
  • To restore the trust of citizens, and intimately involve communities in the design and implementation of development projects. This will ensure that citizens’ real needs are met as far as possible.

In order to lead this journey, the new Mayor of Cape Town must have courage, vision, passion, care, humility, experience and proven ability.

I believe my track record shows that I am the right person for this job. I have led the teams responsible for planning and implementing successful solutions to some of the City’s most complex challenges, including the rollout of MyCiTi, a turnaround strategy for housing delivery; winning a court case against Sanral that prevented e-tolling, and initiating the City’s landmark decision to roll out basic services to families living as backyard tenants.

Working collaboratively with the many and diverse communities in Cape Town is essential to creating a city that our residents trust and in which they feel they can fully participate. In the 2016 local government elections, our citizens placed their trust and hope in us to work towards improving their lives and building a future that will give their children better opportunities.

Thousands of these voters did so even though they had yet to experience any material improvement in their lives since the dawn of democracy. Unfortunately, our local government has been through a protracted period of instability and infighting.
Our residents deserve better from us.

We must honour their trust and meet their hopes by delivering on our promises. We can achieve this by reestablishing our unity of purpose in local government as we refocus on delivery and the promise of the DA’s Manifesto.

I know I can meet this mandate.


Cape Town is a special city. It has the greatest potential of all South African cities to attract investment and talent, create jobs and lift people out of poverty and unemployment. For all of us to live in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable city we have to see addressing inequality and exclusion as our collective task and duty. I pledge to lead our City in the spirit of collaboration to address these challenges and to build a City that is not satisfied with anyone being left behind."

— Brett Herron, MMC Transport & Urban Development