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The Promotion of Access to Information Act (“PAIA”), No 2 of 2000 gives effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the State and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights.

PAIA gives the requester a right to lodge a request from the information officer of a public or private body.

PAIA requires all private and public bodies to prepare a PAIA manual.

The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development extended the exemption for certain private companies to compile a manual, which lapsed on 31 December 2011. Private companies operating in certain sectors has now been exempted from submitting a manual until 31 December 2015, but the companies still have to comply with the  rest of the Act. This exemption states that private companies with less than 50 employees or with a turnover of less than the amounts stipulated in the Schedule in the Notice will be exempt from compiling the PAIA manual until 31 December 2015. Please refer to the Government Notice for the detail.

The SAHRC has also indicated that they have not approved or endorsed any private service providers.


  • Overlap of the PAIA and the Companies Act (70Kb PDF)
  • Example on how to compile a PAIA guide(35Kb PDF)
  • Request for access to records of private body – Form C to be appended to manual (21Kb DOCX)
  • 2014 Guide on How to Use the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 0f 2000 (2MB PDF)
  • 2015 Article on PAIA requirements (70Kb PDF)



  • Promotion of Access to Information Act, No 2 of 2000 (900Kb PDF)

Regulations and notices

  • 15 February 2002 Government Gazette No 23119 ‐ Regulations regarding Promotion of Access to Information including fees for request of records (821Kb PDF)
  • 31 August 2005 Government Gazette No 27988 - Exemptions of private companies (208Kb PDF)
  • 30 December 2011 Government Gazette No 34914 – Exemption of certain private bodies from compiling a manual (109Kb PDF)
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