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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.

 

 

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  • Economic Digest 15 On June 24th the Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, delivered the supplementary, or emergency, COVID-19 budget, which was meant to show how government was going to address the dire fiscal situation. Some commentators felt that it was a little light on detail, while others argued that the budget in fact offered some kind of roadmap of ...
  • Economic Digest 14 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver a special emergency budget on Wednesday 24 June, when he will table a new financial framework to respond to the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc on the local economy. The emergency budget is largely about the reallocation of R130 billion from various government departments, including R30 billion from ...
  • Response: Extending the COVID-19 Relief Grants On 18th June, the Pretoria High Court handed down a judgment in terms of which access to the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant (known informally as the R350 grant) was extended to asylum-seekers and to the holders of various Special Permits whose permit or visa was valid on 15th March, when the National ...
  • Education Digest 3 Reopening Schools During the Pandemic South Africa took a further step in the process of easing lockdown restrictions on 1st June. With Level 3 in full swing and certain business sectors going back into operation, schools have also started gradually reopening their doors through a phased-in approach. It is intended that this will allow resumption of ...

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