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

SAHA Request Statistics

Submitted: 1144
Pending: 13
Denied: 182
Deemed to have been refused: 484
Granted in full: 181
Granted in part: 143
Transferred in full to one body: 53
Transferred in full to more than one body: 34
Transferred in part – remainder pending 0
Transferred in part – remainder released entirely 27
Transferred in part – remainder released partially without grounds 0
Transferred in part – remainder released partially without grounds 6
Transferred in part – remainder denied with grounds 1
Transferred in part – remainder denied without grounds 2
Transferred in part – remainder deemed 7
Transferred in part – remainder withdrawn within the timeframe 0
Withdrawn within timeframe: 2
Treated as non-compliant: 9

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News

Towards a more transparent local government

September 28th, 2017

SAHA launches resources for local community activists and local government officials alike to help forward the right of access to information at the local level.

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Promotion of Access to Protest Information

September 27th, 2017

In order to exercise your right to protest you will need to know the contact details of the responsible person and authorised member of your locality. SAHA can assist!

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Celebrating Universal Access to Information Day

September 14th, 2017

SAHA will this year be participating in a celebration of Universal Access to Information Day, co-hosted by the SA Human Rights Commission, ODAC and the Information Regulator.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: the "Enabling Goal"

July 31st, 2017

Goal 16 has been lauded as an extremely important right due to its ability to enable other Goals. SAHA attends a talk on its importance.

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Press Release: SAHA goes to court to access apartheid-era records

July 31st, 2017

Why SAHA is going to court to gain access to apartheid-era records held by the South African Reserve Bank.

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Is it important for the right to vote to know who funds the parties on the ballot?

July 25th, 2017

We take a look at some of the key submissions made to Parliament on the issue of regulating the funding of political parties.

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"Food" for thought: What is the state of Government's Feeding Scheme

June 13th, 2017

We take a look at the outcome of PAIA requests to various Departments of Education, for information regarding the implementation of the Primary Schools’ Feeding Scheme.

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Is Government Supporting Your Favourite Newspaper?

May 23rd, 2017

We take a closer look at a PAIA request to the office of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) for information about advertising spaces purchased by government and, more importantly, at why you should care to know more about that too.

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