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.
- Response: Good News for Good Governance This week brought news of two very significant and positive developments as far as standards of good governance in South Africa are concerned. One of them attracted headline coverage while the other – in its way just as important – seems to have caused little more than a ripple in the media.
- Response: Getting the Easy Things Wrong At around 09.30 this morning, the senior management of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) sat down in a conference room at the Townhouse Hotel to brief members of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport on the ongoing spate of burnings of Metrorail trains in Cape Town. PRASA claims to have a plan to ...
- Response: A Vatican Tribute to Nelson Mandela Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, and Head of the Delegation of the Holy See to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, participated in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York to mark the centenary of Mr Mandela’s birth on 18th July 1918.
- BP 464: Domestic Abuse and Asylum In July 2018, US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions issued a directive codifying changes in policy with regard to asylum applications. These included instructions that officials adjudicating the claims of asylum seekers should not take into account any claims based on escape from domestic violence or gangsterism.
Upcoming & Recent Events
- Sustainable Development Goals: What is the Progress? 24 October 2018 Sustainable Development Goals(SDG’s) are a collection of the 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly, as part of a resolution to transform our world and achieve sustainable development (the 2030 Agenda). Since adoption in 2015, the SDG’s have been well received by South Africa.
- African Futures – The long view: Structural transitions for prosperity, 23 October 2018 Dr Jakkie Cilliers, head of African Futures and Innovation at the Institute for Security Studies, will present a synthesis of a number of recent publications on Africa’s current development pathway and the potential
impact of key transitions in demographics, industrialization and stability on various indices such as levels of poverty, population size and income, with a ...
- Land Expropriation: Whether to do it; How to do it; & the Unintended Consequences, 22 October 2018 The recent parliamentary hearings on whether the Constitution should be amended to allow for land expropriation without compensation (EWC) have shown that, while almost everyone agrees on the need for accelerated land reform, there is little consensus about how this should be achieved; about how to do it in an economically responsible way; about whether ...
- The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children, 18 October 2018 “The effects of abuse are devastating and far-reaching. Domestic violence speaks many languages, has many colours and lives in many different communities”