Monday, December 12, 2011

Some Thoughts on PAIA

For those who perhaps still aren’t aware, Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 (PAIA) requires that all businesses submit a manual to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) by 31 December 2011, in both electronic and hard copy format. They are essentially seeking affirmation on the part of business, as to how their records can be accessed.

There are number of people offering their services looking to make a quick buck out of this, it seems the going rate for outsourcing is R1000. My wife owns a small business and the task has been delegated, I promised her I would work on it and send it off while on leave from the 16th.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely tempted to pay the 1K and get somebody else to do it, however after having done a bit research, I really believe this is something I can do myself so why waste the money.

If you haven’t yet made the effort and also intend doing it yourself, may prove a handy guideline, there is also plenty of useful information on

Interestingly, there may yet be another deadline extension. reports that the Commission has been advised that the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development is considering it. Private bodies are requested to monitor the website of the South African Human Rights Commission which will carry a notice on the status of the exemption once they have received it.

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager


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