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 5 May

Refugees, Migrants and Displaced Persons: In this Digest, we continue to explore the wide range of thought being brought to bear on the crises surrounding the movement of people across borders, oceans and through regions.

BP 405 Hidden Economic Burdens May 2016

On 5th April, CPLO held a roundtable discussion on Hidden Economic Burdens. In post-apartheid South Africa, more than 11 million credit-active South Africans find themselves over-indebted.

Health Digest 1: May 2016

The South African health system is undergoing a lot of changes, with many new systems and programmes, including new offices and officials, and as usual, all coming with they own names and acronyms. Many of the changes have to do with the attempt to create efficiencies and structures to support NHI, the National Health Insurance.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Mental Health, 24 May 2015

The focus of this Roundtable is on the well-being of those experiencing mental health difficulties and on the interventions necessary to overcome these obstacles and enable more effective participation in society.

South Africa’s International Obligations: The Domestication of the Paris Agreement, 27 May

The 22nd of April 2016, saw South Africa sign the Paris Agreement and thereafter undergo a process of domesticating the Paris Agreement in South Africa. This process is called ratification and an instrument of ratification will be deposited in the UNFCCC depository.

Keeping learners in school: What are the options?, 31 May

‘South Africa loses half of every cohort that enters the school system by the end of the 12 year schooling period, wasting significant human potential and harming the life-chances of many young people.’ – Mr HM Mweli, Director-General, DBE.