Certain private bodies still have to submit their manuals – are you compliant?
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Oudtshoorn. 12 Januarie 2012. 15h15. Mr Sakkie Basson, of Sakkie Basson Rekenmeesters in Oudtshoorn, told OO today that the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has extended the exemption which was to have lapsed on the 31st of December 2011. Private companies within certain sectors are now exempted from compiling and submitting information manuals in terms of section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to the South African Human Rights Commission until the 31st of December 2015.
However, while these private companies no longer have to submit manuals during the period of the new exemption they are not exempted from complying with the rest of the Act.
The PAIA legislation creates the framework to the right to access information enshrined in section 32 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996. The purpose of this legislation is to promote a culture of transparency, accountability and good governance both in the private and public sectors. Therefore, the Act places specific compliance requirements on both state institutions and private sector.
In terms of the Government notice no.34914 certain private bodies, which operate in specific sectors, with 50 or more employees; or operate in specific sectors and have an annual turnover equal to or exceeding specific amounts, will still have to submit their manuals in terms of the legislation to the Commission:
Agriculture – R2m/a
Mining and Quarrying – R7m/a
Manufacturing – R10m/a
Electricity, Gas, Water – R10m/a
Construction – R5m/a
Retail, Motor Trade andRepair Services – R15m/a
Wholesale Trade,Commercial Agents and Allied Services – R25m/a
Catering, Accommodation and other Trade – R5m/a
Transport, Storage and Communications – R10m/a
Financial and Business Services – R10m/a
Community, Special and Personal Services – R5m/a
Call Sakkie Basson on 044 272 2125 for advice to comply.