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.
Upcoming & Recent Events
- Electoral Reform: Do we need to change the way we vote? 20.09.19 This roundtable took place at the Sun Square Hotel, Gardens, Cape Town, on 20 September. The speakers were Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Prof Steven Friedman, and Ms Farai Savanhu of My Vote Counts. 43 people attended.
Dr Ramphele argued that, although proportional representation systems were good at boosting trust in legislative institutions, there were signs in South ...
- BIG- Still a means to bridging the inequality gap? 05 September 2019 On 5 September, CPLO hosted a roundtable on the Basic Income Grant which explored whether a universal grant/basic income grant is still a viable means to bridging the poverty gap. The roundtable discussion led by Isobel Frye of the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, and Dominic Brown of Alternative Information and Development Centre used ...
- Eskom Unbundling Explained 29 August 2019 Eskom is South Africa’s largest power utility; which plays a central role in the country’s economy, as it is responsible for 90% of the country’s electricity supply. It was designed as a vertically integrated business model and continues to function as such. It is currently grappling with a financial debt that has proven impossible to ...
- The Basic Income Grant – Still a means to bridging the inequality gap? 05 September 2019