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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 463: Climate Change & Food Security – The Impact on Rural Women Despite the significant progress that has been made in addressing gender inequalities, women are still amongst the most marginalized groups of society. According to a report on poverty and inequality compiled by Dr Ingrid Woolard; Africans account for 95% of people classed as ‘poor’ in South Africa, and 77% are women living in rural areas.
  • BP 462: Prostitution/Sex Work – Is it Work and is it a Choice? In May 2017 the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, released the South African Law Reform Commission’s Report on Project 107 – Adult Prostitution. Subsequently, during March 2018, Parliament’s Multi-Party Women’s Caucus held public hearings on the report, which advocates the complete criminalization of prostitution.
  • Family Digest 21: TB – a major public health issue, but preventable and curable 78 000 people in South Africa died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and while this is fewer than estimated for the previous year, TB treatment coverage remains low at 68 percent, meaning that up to one third of all people living with TB are being missed. The disease is particularly prevalent in the Western Cape, ...
  • BP 465: The Traditional Courts Bill Traditional leadership is one of the oldest institutions in Africa. During the pre-colonial periods, traditional governance and traditional leadership played a vital role in local communities. Traditional authorities were viewed as heads of their people and leaders of their communities.

Upcoming & Recent Events


  • Sustainable Development Goals: What is the Progress? 24 October 2018 Preceding the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) is the World’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Which were formulated by the United Nations General Assembly, to advance the work of the MDG’s. The SDG’s were set as part of a resolution to transform the world we live in, while we sustain the planet for ...
  • African Futures – The long view: Structural transitions for prosperity, 23 October 2018 This Roundtable Discussion was co-hosted with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). The head of the ISS project on African Futures and Innovation, Dr Jakkie Cilliers, was the main speaker, and the respondent was Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Dr Cilliers presented a synthesis of a ...
  • Land Expropriation: Whether to do it; How to do it; & the Unintended Consequences, 22 October 2018 This roundtable discussion was organised in response to the ongoing debate about land expropriation and the supposed need to amend the Constitution in order to make expropriation without compensation (EWOC) possible. The speakers were: Dr Rick de Satge, an experienced land consultant and activist, and a partner in Phuhlisani Solutions; Mr Wandile Sihlobo, an agricultural ...
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children, 18 October 2018 This Roundtable was addressed by Ms Valdi van Reenen-Le Roux, Director of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Trauma, Ms Joy Lange, Director of St Anne’s Homes and Ms Lynette Oliver, Social Auxiliary Worker at the New World Foundation. According to the recently released crime statistics, violent crimes against women and children continue ...