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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


  • Refugees Digest 30 In the days leading up to Christmas when, in the Christian tradition, note is taken of the itinerancy of Mary and Joseph in compliance with a political imperative, there was a flurry of policy discussions on issues of migration. Pope Francis pointed out that the Holy Family shared the ‘anguish of persecution’ and that the ...
  • 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.

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  • Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Mass, 1 February 2019 On 1st February 1997 the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act was passed by Parliament. Since then, many thousands of unborn children have been killed, their dignity and humanity counting for nothing. To mark this anniversary, and to pray for a change of heart on the part of all who disregard the rights of unborn ...
  • 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 ...