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Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)

The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA) is legislation in the Republic of South Africa allowing access to any information held by the State and any information held by private bodies that is required for the exercise and protection of any rights. It applies specifically to South Africa but is part of the global drive towards freedom of information. The Act is enforced by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

Section 9 of PAIA recognises that the right of access to information is subject to certain justifiable limitations aimed at, amongst others:

    In order to comply with POPIA when it is commenced a Privacy Policy is required. A privacy policy needs to include the following;

  • the reasonable protection of privacy
  • commercial confidentiality
  • effective, efficient and good governance.

We will assists your businesses or organisations to compile and update your access to information manuals, as required by PAIA legislation.

Our service includes:

  • Compiling an information manual as required by the Act
  • Submission of the manual to the Human Rights Commission and regulatory body
  • Providing the manual in electronic format for publication on your website
  • Publication of the manual in the Government Gazette (optional)
  • Updating the manual on a regular basis
  • Submission and publication of updates

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