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Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000)

Part 1 : Introductory Provisions

Chapter 3 : General Introductory Provisions

10. Guide on how to use Act

 

(1) The Human Rights Commission must, within three years after the commencement of this section, compile in each official language a guide containing such information, in an easily comprehensible form and manner, as may reasonably be required by a person who wished to exercise any right contemplated in this Act.

[Section 10(1) substituted by section 20 of Act No. 55 of 2003]

 

(2) The guide must, without limiting the generality of subsection (1), include a description of—
(a) the objects of this Act;
(b) the postal and street address, phone and fax number and, if available, electronic mail address of—
(i) the information officer of every public body; and
(ii) every deputy information officer of every public body designated in terms of section 17(1);

[Section 10(2)(b)(ii) substituted by section 24 of Act No. 42 of 2001]

(c) such particulars of every private body as are practicable;
(d) the manner and form of a request for—
(i) access to a record for a public body contemplated in section 11; and
(ii) access to a record of a private body contemplated in section 50;
(e) the assistance available from the information officer of a public body in terms of this Act;
(f) the assistance available from the Human Rights Commission in terms of this Act;
(g) all remedies in law available regarding an act or failure to act in respect of a right or duty conferred or imposed by this Act, including the manner of lodging—
(i) an internal appeal; and
(ii) an application with a court against a decision by the information officer of a public body, a decision on internal appeal or a decision of the head of a private body;
(h) the provisions of sections 14 and 51 requiring a public body and private body, respectively, to compile a manual, and how to obtain access to a manual;
(i) the provisions of sections 15 and 52 providing for the voluntary disclosure of categories of records by a public body and private body, respectively;
(j) the notices issued in terms of sections 22 and 54 regarding fees to be paid in relation to requests for access; and
(k) regulations made in terms of section 92.

 

(3) The Human Rights Commission must, if necessary, update and publish the guide at intervals of not more than two years.

 

(4) The guide must be made available as prescribed.

 

[Commencement date of section 10: 15 February 2002 (Proclamation No. 9, Gazette No. 23119)]