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

BP 418 Regulating Religion November 2016

In August 2015 the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (CRL Commission) began an investigation into the ‘commercialisation of religion’.

BP 417 Teenage Pregnancy Children giving birth to Children November 2016

The issue of teenagers giving birth to children is a complex one. Educators, medical practitioners and those providing psycho-social services struggle to make sense of it and to develop successful remedial measures.

BP 416 2016 Local Government Elections An Examination of Youth Participation 2016

The South African 2016 Local Government Elections were arguably the most anticipated municipal elections since 1994.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Public Employment Programmes: Are They Working? 5 December 2016

In June 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that government was on track to create six million jobs by 2019.

Public Seminar: The Future of Democracy in Africa, 1 December 2016

The number of democracies in Africa has increased and the level of democracy has improved over time. So why is democracy not delivering its development potential in Africa?

Addiction, 17 November 2016

Addiction is the persistent, compulsive dependence on a particular substance; activity or behaviour which compromises the well-being of the individual and impacts negatively on their families and communities.