Statement of the UCLG President on the Passing of the Mayor of Johannesburg


It is with a most heavy heart that the global municipal family received the news of the untimely passing of the Honorable Mayor Geoff Makhubo.

The World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments mourns this important loss. To his dear mother, wife, daughters, his family, and the people of Johannesburg and SALGA, we extend our deepest condolences on behalf of the entire membership.

Mayor Makhubo was not only a dear friend of UCLG and the municipal movement, but a key actor in our mission, improving communities across the world. We are grateful for counting on his dedication over the years, particularly his leadership on the Local Finance Agenda and his role as CoChair of the UCLG Policy Council on Territorial, Multilevel Governance and Sustainable Financing.

His presence will be sorely missed. His legacy will live on, as will his efforts to lead the city of Johannesburg during this pandemic, which continues to devastate lives and livelihoods.

Together we stand to continue the quest for a better future for all.