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

BP 412 Credit-Rating Downgrades A Necessary Evil Aug 2016

On 22 June, the CPLO hosted a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Downgrades: a Necessary Evil?’ with guest speakers Professor Stan du Plessis, Dr Conrad Beyers, and Dr Jeff Rudin

BP 411 Intergenerational Poverty The Plight of South Africa’s Born Frees Aug 2016

The so-called ‘born free’ generation figure prominently in a debate at the very heart of South Africa’s present socio-economic predicament.

Refugees Digest 8

The issues around refugees, migrants and displaced persons continues to be fiercely contested across the globe.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Post Local Election Analysis: Following the Trends, 26 August 2016

On 3 August we took to the polls to vote in our fifth local government elections. In the aftermath various trends emerged; what will the voting trends and results mean for the electorate? Will we see a change in local government accountability and service delivery?

JHB Roundtable: The Local Government Elections – What Now? 25 August 2016

Prof Steven Friedman (Universities of Johannesburg and Rhodes, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy)
Mr Ebrahim Fakir (Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa, Manager of Governance Institutions and Processes)

Segregated spaces, 18 August 2016

The persistence of Segregated and Apartheid spatial planning in South African Towns and Cities.

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