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.
- Response: 2019 Budget Last year’s Budget speech recognized that government had dug the economy into a large hole as a result of years of mismanagement, corruption and free-spending; and that it was time to stop digging. Not long after delivering the speech the then Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, was transferred to the Home Affairs portfolio and replaced by ...
- Environment Digest 5: “National disaster”: the recent drought period South Africa is a largely dry country, with considerable climate and topographical variation. Under normal circumstances, the south western part of the country receives its main rainfall in winter; the southern coast receives rainfall throughout the year; and majority of the rainfall is received in summer in the eastern and northern parts of the country.
- Submission on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill It cannot be denied that crimes motivated or exacerbated by hatred occur in South Africa. We think immediately of certain xenophobic attacks, carried out for no reason other than the ‘foreignness’ of the victims; and of ‘corrective rape’, which stems from the perpetrator’s intolerance of the victim’s sexual orientation. It is correct that the criminal ...
- Response: The 2019 State of the Nation Address In last year’s State of the Nation Address, President Ramaphosa – only a week or so into the job – made a number of commitments. Among the most important were: Taking decisive steps to comply with the directions of the Constitutional Court concerning social grant payments, which were then in a critical situation due to ...
Upcoming & Recent Events
- The Challenges of Fatherhood in Contemporary South Africa, 21 February 2019 “There is a need for policy and legislation that creates an environment where fathers could care for, engage with and support their children” – White Paper on the Family
- Birth Certificates and Access to Education, 27 February 2019 Challenges for children born to undocumented parents.
- Manufacturing Illegality: The Impact of Curtailing Asylum Seekers Right to Work in South Africa, 5 March 2019 The Refugees Amendment Act of 2017 introduces new restrictive changes to the country’s asylum seeker policy, many of which relate to asylum seekers’ right to work. The Act’s curtailments on asylum seekers’ rights to work will have many possible social, political and economic ramifications in the country.
- Advocacy and Participation in Government Decision-Making, 9 March 2019 “The intention of public participation provisions in the Constitution is clear – to influence government policy outcomes so that they reflect “the will of the people”. Therefore, a vibrant civil society plays an indispensable role in a democracy. It facilitates public engagement with government organs, including legislatures, and ensures that institutions, policies and laws enjoy ...