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

Briefing Paper 432: RDP Housing: Success or Failure

South Africa is still riddled with socio-economic inequalities that result in the majority of the population being at a major disadvantage
in economic, social and many other aspects.

Briefing Paper 431: Early Childhood Development and Children with Disability

“Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society…”

Upcoming & Recent Events

Migrants and Social Housing: What is going? 22 June 2017

In many places contestation for housing has been blamed for Xenophobic attacks against migrants.

Community Protests: a means to make local government listen? 27 June 2017

Categorising community protests as being about “service delivery” underestimates the importance of other grievances protesters also raise — issues such as representation, corruption, jobs and crime…

The Sustainable Development of the South African Ocean Economy, 31 May 2017

Operation Phakisa was launched in July 2014 by President Jacob Zuma following a state visit to Malaysia where he was introduced to
Malaysia’s Big Fast Results Methodology, which that country used successfully to achieve rapid economic transformation.