Projects

  • African Exposure and Training
    This project takes a different form from the preceding eight projects. It does not involve the triad of activities: publications, submissions and roundtable discussions. Rather, it consists of two distinct legs: Firstly, building on a successful experience since 2008, we offer an annual week-long exposure and training course for people from other African countries, or from ...
  • Economic & Social Development
    It is an alarming fact that there are about 10 million people in formal employment in South Africa, but 17 million people who depend on social grants paid by the government. Even worse, of the 10 million, only about half earn enough to be liable to pay income tax. These figures reveal a lot about ...
  • Refugees & Migrants
    Questions pertaining to displaced persons constitute one of the most pressing social issues of our time. This is so both because of the numbers of people affected – 65.5 million directly, and many more indirectly; and in terms of the geographic spread of the problem – few parts of the world are unaffected. An equally ...
  • Environment & Energy
    The interplay between safeguarding the environment and ensuring that the country has enough affordable energy for its development needs, continues to pose many policy and legislative challenges. South Africa is a signatory to all the relevant international instruments regarding climate change, and has committed itself to work towards clean energy. However, we are a country ...
  • Women, Children, the Family & Vulnerable Sectors
    An important aspect of faith-based advocacy is to try to be a ‘voice of the voiceless’. Over the years of its existence CPLO has always tried to do this in its submissions to Parliament and by bringing the needs of marginalised communities to the attention of policy-makers; and wherever possible to create opportunities, through our ...
  • Democracy & Governance
    The primary reason for the creation of the CPLO in 1997 was to provide a vehicle for the Catholic Church to make its contribution to the new democracy that had recently taken root in South Africa. The Bishops spoke then of a ‘critically constructive’ relationship with the organs of the new democratic state. This remains ...
  • African Exposure and Training
    This project takes a different form from the preceding eight projects. It does not involve the triad of activities: publications, submissions and roundtable discussions. Rather, it consists of two distinct legs: Firstly, building on a successful experience since 2008, we offer an annual week-long exposure and training course for people from other African countries, or from ...
  • Additional Topics
    Sub-themes: Health Labour Migration and Human Trafficking Life Issues and Bio-ethics Foreign Relations and Peacebuilding 8.1. Health There is an overhaul of the health system going in South Africa at this time, involving a change in direction and emphasis from tertiary-based care to primary-based care. This will include changing not just policy but also the way medical professionals are trained, with a ...
  • Local Government and Delivery
    Service delivery is local government’s primary responsibility. Sanitation, refuse removal, electrification, road and transport maintenance, upgrading informal settlements, and the provision of clean water and a healthy environment are all supposed to be provided by local government (municipalities). This has become probably the greatest flashpoint and source of contestation in South Africa. Every day, all ...
  • Environment and Energy
    Like many developing countries, South Africa is caught in a dilemma: we need to produce more energy, especially electricity, in order to promote economic growth and to improve living conditions. However, the cheapest way of doing this involves building more coal-fired power stations, which risks contributing to global warming, as well as other negative environmental ...
  • Land and Human Settlements
    The question of access to land and its ownership remains one of the most contested issues in South Africa. The ANC government has repeatedly promised to tackle land restitution, but its attempts so far have lacked proper planning and follow-up: many beneficiaries lack the necessary experience, capital and resources to use land effectively. Perceived threats ...
  • Economic Planning and Development
    In 1992, looking forward to the advent of a democratic dispensation in South Africa, our Bishops wrote as follows in their pastoral letter A Call to Build a New South Africa: “Democracy will help to bring political freedom to South Africa, but on its own it cannot solve all our problems. We also need economic justice, ...
  • The Family and Vulnerable Sectors
    This project is split into two separate sections, although there will be some overlap between the two. The family is not in itself a vulnerable sector, but it is subject to various pressures that make it difficult for it to play its vital role in society. The vulnerable sectors which will be focused on reflect ...
  • Democracy and Good Governance
    The primary reason for the creation of the CPLO in 1997 was to provide a vehicle for the Catholic Church to make its contribution to the new democracy that had recently taken root in South Africa. The Bishops spoke then of a ‘critically constructive’ relationship with the organs of the new democratic state. This remains ...
  • African Exposure and Training
    The primary reason for the creation of the CPLO in 1997 was to provide a vehicle for the Catholic Church to make its contribution to the new democracy that had recently taken root in South Africa.
  • Additional Topics
    There are a number of important issues which do not fall easily under the headings of the various project areas already described. Project VII, therefore, provides the space and the flexibility for us to address these issues. Among these topics are the following: The Sub-themes for this project are: Health Land and Rural Development Life Issues and Bio-ethics Foreign Relations ...
  • Environment
    South Africa is no less affected by climate change and associated phenomena than any other country. Indeed, South Africa has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to our reliance on low-grade coal for electricity generation. The country is also under serious threat from changes in rainfall patterns; experts ...
  • Migration and Displaced Persons
    There is a growing ill sentiment towards migrants especially in the countries that are categorised as host or migrant receiving countries. This has resulted in more stringent measures to deter potential immigrants. Since 1994, South Africa has become a magnet for people from all over sub-Saharan Africa, but especially from countries that have suffered war, ...
  • Employment and Poverty Alleviation
    In 1992, looking forward to the advent of a democratic dispensation in South Africa, our Bishops wrote as follows in their pastoral letter A Call to Build a New South Africa: “Democracy will help to bring political freedom to South Africa, but on its own it cannot solve all our problems. We also need economic justice, ...
  • Vulnerable Sectors
    While much has been done to promote a human rights culture within the context of a developmental state, there remain many South Africans who are vulnerable and whose access to their constitutional entitlements has yet to be fully realized. These include children, youth and adolescents, people living with physical or mental disabilities, elderly people, and ...