Promotion of A​ccess 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


PAIA Manual - Afrikaans - April 2016.pdf
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PAIA Manual - IsiXhosa - April 2016.pdf
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PAIA Manual -Department April 2016.pdf
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