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.
- Submission on Proposed Amendments to the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act Although the Catholic Church, along with most mainstream Christian denominations, does not embrace the practice of polygamous marriage, we fully recognize that it is a common form of marriage in our country. Furthermore, we have long been aware that aspects of polygamous marriages discriminate unfairly against women. This has now been highlighted by the judgment ...
- Submission on Land Expropriation without Compensation Throughout its history, the Catholic Church has upheld the ideal of the ‘just wage’: an amount sufficient for the worker’s own support and for that of his/her family, with proper provision made for old age and for emergencies.
- BP 455: Inferior Infrastructure in Rural and Township Schools Part of the National Development Plan’s vision is that, by 2030, South Africans will have universal early childhood education, high-quality schooling, and full access to further education and training.
- BP 454: Just Energy Transition, Community Ownership and the Future of Renewable Energy Systems South Africa’s energy sector is a major contributor to the country’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, given its dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation.
Upcoming & Recent Events
- Prostitution/Sex Work: Is it work and is it a choice? 21 June 2018 “Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the
law…Everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected”
- The 2018 Budget: Process, Priorities and Implementation, 16 May 2018 In association with Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations, CPLO hosted a dialogue on the 2018 Budget, its processes, priorities and implementation. The event was a first of its kind for the Standing Committee, which approached CPLO on the basis of our experience in providing platforms of interaction between policy-makers and civil society. The dialogue represented ...
- Just Energy Transition, 25 April 2018 Following a Roundtable Discussion on Just Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Jobs that was held in October 2017, CPLO and Project 90×2030 continuously join efforts with an objective of building momentum on this topic. Amongst the speakers at this latest Roundtable, were Dr Neil Overy a freelance researcher; Ms Karien Erasmus of Promethium and Mr Thabo ...
- Public Lecture, 23 April 2018 Dr Jan Jans of Tilburg University, addressed a public lecture in Rondebosch on the evolution of recent church teaching on sexuality. By exploring key sections in Humanae Vitae and comparing them with key sections in Amoris Laetitcia, he outlined key areas of continuity and change in the teachings. He pointed out that the findings of ...