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

Refugees Digest 13 February 2017

In recent weeks the international community has witnessed the decisive, disturbing action of President Trump with regard to refugees and migration in the USA.

BP 424 World Day of Migrants and Refugees February 2017

Each year on 15th January the Church draws attention to issues pertaining to various categories of displaced persons. On the secular calendar, 20th June is marked as World Refugee Day.

BP 423 Segregated Spaces Jan 2016

‘“South Africa still a chronically racially divided country”, finds survey.’ This was a headline in the British Guardian newspaper back in 2012.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Older Persons and Accommodation, 21 February 2016

The SA Human Rights Commission recognises that older persons constitute a vulnerable group with unique and differing needs and that they therefore deserve focused attention in order to address and resolve the rights violations currently being experienced by older persons”. SAHRC, June 2015

The Draft National Adaptation Strategy, 24 February 2016

South Africa’s current draft National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) is intended to be the cornerstone for climate change adaptation in the country…

Unpacking the 2017 Budget: What are the options for the poor? 9 March 2016

“For us the economy is about society deciding about how to share its resources so that all people have access to the goods and services they require to live at a level of dignity…