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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


  • Submission: Compensation for Occupational Injuries & Diseases Amendment Bill This submission is made on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO). The CPLO is an office of the SACBC, tasked with liaising between the Church and Parliament/Government, commenting on issues of public policy, and making submissions on legislation. The CPLO welcomes the opportunity to comment on ...
  • BP 470: The Informal Sector – Creating Jobs South Africa’s unemployment rate is at 27.2 %, which equates to an unemployed population of 9.6 million. Of these, 6.1 million are aged between 15 and 34, meaning that the unemployment rate for youth is 38.2%.
  • BP 469: Political Violence in KwaZulu-Natal After 25 years of democracy, political violence remains one of the greatest challenges that continuously undermine South Africa’s constitutional state. The province of KwaZulu-Natal accounts for the majority of political violence that occurs in South Africa and, especially around election time, fear and anxiety loom as political assassinations increase.
  • Response: International World AIDS Day On 1st December South Africa observed the 30th Annual World Aids Day. This year the theme was ‘Know your Status.’ This is an important consideration as it is estimated that about 9.4 million people living with HIV/Aids worldwide do not know their status. On the other hand, positively, statistics show that 75% do know it, ...

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • Sustainable Development Goals: What is the Progress? 24 October 2018 Preceding the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) is the World’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Which were formulated by the United Nations General Assembly, to advance the work of the MDG’s. The SDG’s were set as part of a resolution to transform the world we live in, while we sustain the planet for ...
  • African Futures – The long view: Structural transitions for prosperity, 23 October 2018 This Roundtable Discussion was co-hosted with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). The head of the ISS project on African Futures and Innovation, Dr Jakkie Cilliers, was the main speaker, and the respondent was Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Dr Cilliers presented a synthesis of a ...
  • Land Expropriation: Whether to do it; How to do it; & the Unintended Consequences, 22 October 2018 This roundtable discussion was organised in response to the ongoing debate about land expropriation and the supposed need to amend the Constitution in order to make expropriation without compensation (EWOC) possible. The speakers were: Dr Rick de Satge, an experienced land consultant and activist, and a partner in Phuhlisani Solutions; Mr Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural ...
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children, 18 October 2018 This Roundtable was addressed by Ms Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux, Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Trauma, Ms Joy Lange, Director of St Anne’s Homes and Ms Lynette Oliver, Social Auxiliary Worker at the New World Foundation. According to the recently released crime statistics, violent crimes against women and children continue ...