Your Right To Know

32. (1) Everyone has the right of access to —

(a) any information held by the state; and
(b) any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights.

The South African Constitution


Number of requests made: 1322
Number of requests pending: 31
Number of requests granted in full: 236
Number of requests granted in part: 147
Number of requests transferred in full: 56
Number of requests transferred in part: 6
Number of requests denied: 237
Number of requests deemed to have been refused: 341

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An intern reflects: A Society De-pressed

July 22nd, 2016

An intern discusses the latest media restriction changes and how they will affect the archives and society

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An Intern Reflects: 6 Month Internship at SAHA

July 8th, 2016

SAHA'S FOIP intern visiting from Canada reflects on her 6 month placement in Johannesburg.

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Hashtag protest, Hashtag suppression

June 28th, 2016

Following the #feesmustfall mass mobilisation SAHA requests copies of the interdicts obtained in response to protests by universities and received mixed responses

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An Intern Reflects: Released Records Advances Activism

June 15th, 2016

How are records used to forward activism? Recently, our FOIP intern attended the launch of a Report on Counting Police Recorded Protests hosted by the Social Change Research Unit to take a look at how data we received was put to good use.

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The doors of learning shall be opened!

June 15th, 2016

SAHA invited activists and municipal employees for training on how best to use the Promotion of Access to Information Act on the local government level.

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Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank's Freedom of Information Programme

June 9th, 2016

SAHA along with other civil society organisations endorses open letter to World Bank President over access to information concerns

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Feeling your way through PAIA

May 24th, 2016

SAHA was excited to receive a PAIA manual in Braille from the National Department of Human Settlements this month demonstrating access to information on a whole new level.

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Record keeping shouldn’t be this hard

May 24th, 2016

SAHA is well aware of the critical role record keeping holds within access to information. This awareness was one of the motivations behind setting up the Freedom of Information Programme, as we recently saw in a request to the Presidency.

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