Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Manuals MUST be submitted by December!

Sep 1, 2015 | CoSec Blog

The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) requires that all public and private bodies compile a Section 51 Manual, a signed copy of which must be submitted to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) by 31 December 2015.   Failure to comply with the legislation could result in administrative penalties being levied.

In terms of Section 51, the head of a private body must:

  • Update any material changes on the manual on a regular basis;
  • Make the manual available as prescribed by the Act at the company offices and on their website;
  • Must annex a request form (PAIA Form C) to the manual and also make request forms available on the website and at all company premises.

A private body is defined as a natural or juristic person or partnership who is involved or has been involved in any trade, business or profession and includes Private Companies and Close Corporations.

Please advise if you would like MD to attend to the preparation and submission of the Manual to the SAHRC.  Our charge for preparation of the PAIA manual is R1 250 (excluding VAT).  We would appreciate your response by 11 September 2015 to ensure timely submission and compliance with all requirements.

Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

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