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

  • Submission on the National Minimum Wage Bill The CPLO welcomes the opportunity to comment on the National Minimum Wage Bill.
  • Considering renewable energy jobs within a just energy transition in South Africa A just energy transition (JET) is made up of two parts. The ‘transition’ is towards a sustainable, low-carbon, and equitable energy system, which is better for people and the planet than what we currently have.
  • Response: A Holding Cabinet After the almost tsunami-like wave of euphoria that greeted Jacob Zuma’s handover of the reins of leadership to Cyril Ramaphosa, a wave boosted by the latter’s strong State of the Nation Address, it was inevitable that a measure of realpolitik would intrude at some stage.
  • Digest: The 2018 Budget The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba, delivered his Budget Speech on Wednesday which spelled hard times ahead for South Africans, more specifically for the poor.

Upcoming & Recent Events

  • JNB Roundtable: Migrant Children and the Right to Education, 23 March 2018 Section 29(1) of the Constitution provides that “Everyone has the right to a basic education…”
  • Seminar: The Amendments to Key Labour Legislation, 12 March 2018 Dr Carin Runciman, senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change, spoke at a seminar aimed at unpacking the National Minimum Wage Bill, as well as the amendments to the Labour Relations Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. According to Dr Runciman, the amendments to the labour laws are the ...
  • Budget 2018: What about Our Human Rights? 9 March 2018 Ms Hopolang Selebalo, senior researcher at the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, and Fr Russell Pollitt, S.J, Director of the Jesuit Institute, were the main speakers at this Roundtable. Ms Hopolang’s analysis of the 2018 Budget focussed on whether the Budget has been articulated into a programme of action that uses the redistributive power ...
  • Lawfare: Judicial Over-reach or the Rule of Law? 20 February 2018 The first Roundtable of 2018  was addressed by three speakers: Adv Thuli Madonsela, former Public Protector and now Professor of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University; Mr John Jeffery, the Deputy-Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development; and Professor Pierre de Vos, Professor of Constitutional Governance at the University of Cape Town.