Promotion of Access to Information
The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2 of 2000
(“PAIA”) was enacted to give 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; and
to provide for matters connected therewith.
The purpose of PAIA is to foster a culture of transparency
and accountability in public and private bodies by giving effect to the right
of access to information, and to actively promote a society in which people
would have effective access to all information necessary for the full and
proper exercise and protection of their rights.
The Department of Economic Development, Environmental
Affairs and Tourism’s manual has been prepared in English, Afrikaans and
isiXhosa and are accessible hereunder.
To access the South African Human Rights Commission’s guide
to PAIA and other relevant documentation, go to http://www.sahrc.org.za”