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The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) exists to provide the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and the Catholic community as a whole with information and analysis relating to a range of public policy and legislative issues. In addition, it seeks to maintain contact and dialogue between the Church on the one hand and Parliament […]

Democracy digest: Abstaining on Ukraine by Mike Pothier

According to the government, South Africa’s abstention in the UN General Assembly’s vote to call for an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine was motivated by principle. The Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Candith Mashego-Dlamini, told Parliament that “South Africa “stands by its principled position of peaceful resolution of conflict.” All parties to […]

Response – 8th February 2022 – Choosing the New Chief Justice, Part II by Mike Pothier

In a Response published last September with the title ‘Choosing the New Chief Justice’, we wrote that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to allow public participation in the selection process was “a significant and welcome development”. Since the Constitution gives the President the power to make the appointment without such participation, it was “a voluntary concession […]

Family Digest 43: World Breastfeeding Week by Lois Law

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed every year in over 120 countries from 1st to 7th August. It is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement and seeks to generate awareness among new parents and to enhance the health of infants worldwide. The awareness programme was initiated in August 1990 by governments as well […]