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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


  • A Basic Income Grant: Do we need it? Section 27 of the Bill of Rights asserts that “Everyone has the right to have access to social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance, and the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these ...
  • Environment Digest 6: Shedding Light on Eskom’s Unbundling Eskom is the largest producer of electricity on the African continent, and is amongst the world’s top utilities in terms of power generation capacity. It owns and operates a number of coal-fired, gas-fired, hydro-electric and pumped-storage power stations, and one nuclear power station.
  • Newsletter Volume 36 Newsletter Volume 36: October – December 2018
  • BP 472: The Global Compact on Migration The United Nations observes 18th December as World Day of Migrants. In his 2018 speech on that day, Secretary General Antonio Guitteres made reference to the migration phenomenon as a “powerful driver of economic growth, understanding and dynamism and opening for millions of people to seek new opportunities, benefitting communities of origin and destination alike.”

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • A Basic Income Grant: Do we need it? Section 27 of the Bill of Rights asserts that “Everyone has the right to have access to social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance, and the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these ...
  • Denied Access, 19 March 2019 A documentary film screening followed by a panel discussion on forced migration and statelessness.
  • Three European responses to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, 26 March 2019 The seminar will provide an outline how and why the ‘European’ response was so mixed: in Belgium the compact was first accepted but next caused a political crisis and the government toppled over it; in the Netherlands (and also Iceland, Lithuania, Malta and Denmark), there was a ‘stipulation’ added within the wider context of acceptance ...
  • Elections 2019: Who Is Saying What About Corruption?, 19 March 2019 Each day the Zondo Commission of Enquiry provides us with uncomfortable viewing. We are hearing about the way in which the state was captured and how those at the very highest level of the state – the former President included – were complicit. Many questions have been raised about what happens after the Zondo Commission.