Get to Know Executive Mayor Randall Williams

Randall Williams is currently the executive mayor of the City of Tshwane, the capital of South Africa.

Randall is a qualified attorney who was elected to the Tshwane Council in 2016. In 2016 he was chosen to serve as the member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Economic Development and Spatial Planning and the leader of Executive Business under the mayoralty of Solly Msimanga.

In his position as MMC, he played a key role in driving investment projects into the city through chairing the Strategic Investment Committee. One such project was the Ford expansion project in Silverton which has been unveiled as a Special Economic Zone.

Before joining the City of Tshwane, Randall served as the chief director of International Trade and Economic Development in the Department of Trade and Industry.

He has acquired excellent skills at executive and senior management level in managing large organisations – thanks to experience as MMC for Economic Development and Spatial Planning, chairman of the Municipal Appeals Tribunal, and as a chief director.

This is complemented by the programme management skills and the experience he accumulated as a director in international investment and trade, as well as from legal practice.

His leadership and management skills were further developed as chief negotiator for international investment agreements and lead negotiator for international trade issues – where he interacted at a very high level with ministers and deputy ministers, including negotiating bilateral investment treaties.

He has a Master’s of Law (LLM) degree in International Investment and Trade law from the University Stellenbosch.

He is also an ex-soldier having previously served as paratrooper for the French Foreign Legion. He joined the legion with the intention of coming back to South Africa to fight the apartheid regime.