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.
- Refugees Digest 28 Recently Pope Francis said, “We should promote the integral human development of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.” A number of the articles in this Digest spell out the implications of this challenge. So far this year, approximately 30 000 people attempted to reach Europe by sea. 771 have drowned in the process.
- BP 457: 2018 World Refugee Day and South Africa’s Stance Wednesday 20th June marked World Refugee Day for 2018. Recent reports have indicated that there were 68.5m refugees across the world at the end of 2017, 2.9m more than at the end of 2016.
- BP 456: Empowering the Auditor-General South Africa’s municipal finances are in a mess. This was confirmed by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) when he released the 2016-17 audit results for local government.
- Submission on on the Draft Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill An independent police watchdog organisation is a vital factor in ensuring that a nation’s police service carries out its duties professionally, ethically and constitutionally. This not only helps to maintain public trust and confidence in the police, it also protects individual police officers, and the police service as a whole, from unwarranted and malicious attacks.
Upcoming & Recent Events
- Prostitution/Sex Work: Is it work and is it a choice? 21 June 2018 Together with Embrace Dignity and the Hanns Seidel Foundation, we held a Roundtable Discussion on Prostitution/Sex Work on 21st June. In May 2017, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Michael Masutha, released the SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC) Report on Project 107 – Adult Prostitution. The Report advocated the complete criminalization of prostitution. ...
- The 2018 Budget: Process, Priorities and Implementation, 16 May 2018 In association with Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations, CPLO hosted a dialogue on the 2018 Budget, its processes, priorities and implementation. The event was a first of its kind for the Standing Committee, which approached CPLO on the basis of our experience in providing platforms of interaction between policy-makers and civil society. The dialogue represented ...
- Just Energy Transition, 25 April 2018 Following a Roundtable Discussion on Just Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Jobs that was held in October 2017, CPLO and Project 90×2030 continuously join efforts with an objective of building momentum on this topic. Amongst the speakers at this latest Roundtable, were Dr Neil Overy a freelance researcher; Ms Karien Erasmus of Promethium and Mr Thabo ...
- Public Lecture, 23 April 2018 Dr Jan Jans of Tilburg University, addressed a public lecture in Rondebosch on the evolution of recent church teaching on sexuality. By exploring key sections in Humanae Vitae and comparing them with key sections in Amoris Laetitcia, he outlined key areas of continuity and change in the teachings. He pointed out that the findings of ...