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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


  • BP 475: 2019 World Water Day BP 475 World Water Day
  • BP 473: A Basic Income Grant: Do we need it? Section 27 of the Bill of Rights asserts that “Everyone has the right to have access to social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependants, appropriate social assistance, and the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these ...
  • Environment Digest 6: Shedding Light on Eskom’s Unbundling Eskom is the largest producer of electricity on the African continent, and is amongst the world’s top utilities in terms of power generation capacity. It owns and operates a number of coal-fired, gas-fired, hydro-electric and pumped-storage power stations, and one nuclear power station.
  • Newsletter Volume 36 Newsletter Volume 36: October – December 2018

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • Fordham University Students visit CPLO, 27 March 2019 CPLO welcomed a group of Fordham University students to its offices prior to their visit to Parliament. He spoke on the work of CPLO, its origins, modus operandi and the key areas of work. He answered questions from the group about ‘the struggle’ and issues of refugees and immigration, prison reform and synergies between SA ...
  • “Being on the right side of history” Three European responses to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, 26 March 2019 CPLO hosted a seminar on various European responses to the UN Global Compact on Migration. It was led by Dr Jan Jans.  He pointed out how local politics especially the rise of populist parties, shaped the various responses. He also pointed to the increasingly ‘brutal’ language with regard to migrants and attitudes of hostility. This ...
  • The Sin of Abuse in Our Church: Attempting to understand it, 26 March 2019 The CPLO hosted a public meeting on the Abuse Crises in the Church. Dr Jan Jans looked at the crises through the eyes of a moral theologian and outlined the recent history of the abuse and the cover ups of abuse. He showed the increasing focused attention of Pope Francis to the issue using an ...
  • The 2019 General Election: The Most Crucial Contest Yet?, 12 April 2019 This roundtable discussion was held at the Sun Square Hotel, Gardens, Cape Town, on Friday 12 April. There were three speakers: Dr Shingai Mutizwa-Mangiza (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Political Science Department, University of the Western Cape); Dr Jakkie Cilliers (Head of African Futures and Innovation, Institute for Security Studies); and Mr Andries Nel (Deputy Minister of Co-operative ...