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The Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church – as part of civil society – to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.



Latest Publications

  • Family Digest 35 : Homelessness during COVID-19
    “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.”  Isaiah 25:4   Read more: Family Digest 35 211020
  • BP 511: The Signs of the Times: Gender-based Violence, Corruption, Poverty and Inequality
    The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown imposed to contain its spread have compounded the vulnerability and inequality of women. Women make up more than half more than half the population yet they are systematically excluded from the mainstream economy; have little access to property; seldom receive equal pay for equal work; and are often reliant ...
  • Refugee Digest 46: Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers
    In South Africa the Department of Home Affairs has announced the opening of various international airports and 18 land ports of entry. They also announced an extension until 31 January 2021 of the validity of documents that expired during the time of the national State of Disaster. They said that those with expired documents who ...
  • Response: A Cautious Opening of Borders
     A Cautious Opening of Borders On 30th September both the Ministers of International Relations and Co-operation, and of Home Affairs issued statements explaining the re-opening of South Africa’s borders and the protocols for those entering South Africa. From the two speeches, three issues emerge that have direct bearing on the various categories of people on the ...

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