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 18 While the civil claim against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in the matter of the death by drowning of little Michael Bopape in a pit latrine at a school in Limpopo was awaiting judgement, came the appalling news of yet another death of a small child, Lumka Mketwa, in a pit latrine at a ...
  • Refugees Digest 25 It is trite to say that the crises linked to displaced persons continue unabated and that there is an increasing hardening of attitudes towards displaced persons in many countries.
  • Refugees Digest 24 The scourge of trafficking in persons continues unabated. Pope Francis is on record as having said that human trafficking is worsening and that in some instances the evidence brings one to doubt the real commitment of some important players. It is estimated that women and girls constitute 79% of victims of modern slavery.
  • Family Digest 17 The current outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa is one of the largest ever recorded in the world. It has claimed 180 lives to date, and has resulted in the hospitalization of hundreds more.

Upcoming & Recent Events

  • Just Energy Transition, 25 April 2018 Community ownership and the future of Renewable Energy systems. Ownership in the energy sector continues to be a controversial subject, yet one that must be addressed if we are to develop a Just Energy Transition (JET) plan.
  • Public Lecture, 23 April 2018 The Journey of the Catholic Church towards a Humane Sexual Ethics – Speaker: Dr Jan Jans
  • JNB Roundtable: Migrant Children and the Right to Education, 23 March 2018 Held in Johannesburg at the Sacred Heart College, this Roundtable attracted more than 90 people, representing a cross section of stakeholders including the migrant community, educators, legal practitioners and an array of civil society groups working in the field of displaced persons. The event was co-hosted with Three2Six, a project of Sacred Heart College which ...
  • Seminar: The Amendments to Key Labour Legislation, 12 March 2018 Dr Carin Runciman, senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change, spoke at a seminar aimed at unpacking the National Minimum Wage Bill, as well as the amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. According to Dr Runciman, the amendments to the labour laws are the ...