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 422 A Place To Call Your Own December 2016

South Africa’s social housing project is one of the largest state-subsidised housing initiatives in the world; it has delivered approximately
three million units over the span of our 22 year democracy.

BP 421 Public Participation In Local Government December 2016

On 17 October, the CPLO hosted a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Public Participation in Local Government’ with guest speakers …

BP 420 Green Voters Guide December 2016

The South African local government elections of 2016 resulted in fundamental changes to the South African political landscape.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Public Employment Programmes: Are They Working? 5 December 2016

In June 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that government was on track to create six million jobs by 2019.

Public Seminar: The Future of Democracy in Africa, 1 December 2016

The number of democracies in Africa has increased and the level of democracy has improved over time. So why is democracy not delivering its development potential in Africa?

Addiction, 17 November 2016

Addiction is the persistent, compulsive dependence on a particular substance; activity or behaviour which compromises the well-being of the individual and impacts negatively on their families and communities.