South Africa: PAIA (Promotion of Access To Information Act) Manual

Dear Atta members,

This is just a quick newsletter to inform you about a South Africa Business Act that could have an impact on your business.  Please take a moment to read this e-mail message.

During 2 000 the government passed the Promotion of Access to Information Act (known as the PAIA Act, Act 2 of 2 000).  The aim of this Act is to allow members of the public to know who they are dealing with in a business.

According to the Act, all public and private bodies, including sole proprietors, must have a PAIA Manual (also known as a Section 51 Manual), which manual must contain certain prescribed information.

 Extensions for the submission of the Section 51 Manual have been granted to some businesses until December 2015 to submit their manuals to the SAHRC.  Even if you qualify for an extension on the submission date, you still need to have a valid PAIA Manual available on request.  This means all businesses need to have one.

Atta's Legal Advisor Adv Louis Nel has teamed up with Ross Fyffe to assist their clients to become compliant in regard to the PAIA Manual and for only R750.00 plus VAT we will do the following for you:

·         create your manual for you:

·         submit it in PDF format to the SAHRC;

·         provide you with a Word copy of your PAIA manual (which needs to be available at your place of business);

·         Provide you with a PDF copy of your manual which must appear on your website.

It's quick, simple and it is COMPLETELY TAX DEDUCTIBLE so we suggest you proceed ASAP.

In order for us to assist you in compiling your PAIA manual you need to provide either Louis or Ross with the information as per the attached PDF document. Please complete, scan in and e-mail to either of us.

Upon receipt of your e-mail we will immediately issue you with a VAT invoice which is payable upon receipt thereof. Proof of payment of our invoice can be e-mailed to us. Once you have sent us proof of payment we will immediately proceed with the compilation of your manual.

Louis can be contacted on mobile 083 679 4556 or via e-mail at Ross can be contacted on mobile 082 787 3493 or via e-mail at

If you have any queries either contact us on our mobiles or simply e-mail us and we will assist you.

Kind regards,

Adv Louis Nel and Ross Fyffe

PAIA Manual – Information required:

1.           Name of company, CC , Trust or Sole Proprietorship

            2.         Company, CC or Trust Registration Number:          

            3.         Name of person who will be appointed as the Information Officer:-

                        (e.g. the MD of the company or one of the CC members or one of the Trustees etc.)                   


4.         Physical Address of the business:-


            ________________________________ Postal Code: _________                                      


            5.         Postal Address:                  


                        ________________________________ Postal Code: _________


            6.         Telephone Number:                        +27 (0)_________________________

7.         Facsimile Number:              +27 (0)_________________________

8.         Email Address:                     _______________________________

9.         Website:                                 www.___________________________

10.       VAT number:                        ________________________________

11.       Invoice to be made out to : -



            ________________________________ Postal Code: __________