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Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office

PO Box 2910 
Cape Town, 8000
South Africa
Tel: +27 21 461 1417 | Fax: +27 21 461 6961

Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office – or shorter Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) - is the official channel 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.

CPLO is active in the areas of democracy and good governance, vulnerable sectors, employment and poverty alleviation, migration and displaced persons, environment, and education. It is located in Cape Town, home of the national Parliament. Part of CPLO’s regular activities are submissions to Parliament, the publication of briefing papers and the organization of lectures and roundtable discussions on topics of interest.

HSF and CPLO have jointly hosted roundtable discussions since 2011. In 2013, the collaboration was intensified in order to organise a series of events on the topic of leadership in South Africa. In collaboration with the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, five roundtables that highlight different aspects of leadership were held throughout the year, which culminated in a publication that was launched at the end of 2013.