PAIA Manual

The PAIA Manual has been prepared in accordance with Section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act No 2 of 200 (“the Act).

The Act gives effect to Section 32 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which provides that everyone has the right to access information held by the State, as well as information held by another person (or private body) when such privately held information is required to exercise a right or to protect a right.

1.2. Section 50(1) of the Act stipulates that a requester (an individual who requests information) must be given access to any record of a private body, if: – 

1.2.1. that record is required for the exercise or protection of any rights;

1.2.2. that person complies with the procedural requirements in the Act relating to a request for access to that record; and

1.2.3. that access to that record is not refused in terms of any ground for refusal contemplated in Chapter 4 of the ACT.

1.3. This manual is compiled in accordance with the provisions of Section 51(1) of the Act, which stipulates that the manual must contain: – 

1.3.1. the postal and street address, phone and fax number and, if available, electronic mail address of the head of the body;

1.3.2. a description of the guide referred to in Section 10, if available, and how to obtain access to it;

1.3.3. the latest notice in terms of Section 52(2), if any, regarding the categories of record of the body which are available without a person having to request access in terms of the Act;

1.3.4. a description of the records of the body which are available in accordance with any other legislation;

1.3.5. sufficient detail to facilitate a request for access to a record of the body, a description of the subjects on which the body holds records and the categories of records held on each subject; and

1.3.6. such other information as may be prescribed