Actually, the context begins before South Africa became a democracy, in that the previous regime provides the foundation for the need for access to information.
You see, before 1994, the National Party was notorious for its distortion and control of the flow of information.
It doesn't take much to realise this. Talk to any white male from that generation and you'll realise that many of them didn't even know what they were a part of until after democracy.
Information is therefore vital to the progress of any nation, and that includes access to it.
After our Constitution was introduced in 1996, which was heralded as being one of the most liberal constitutions in world, the realisation of the importance of access to information was included among its words, namely those of Section 32, referring to the right of access to information.
Keep reading to learn more…
Every single South African company must have a Promotion of Access to Information (PAIA) manual by 31 December this year…
… and your accountant doesn't need to compile it for you – you can do it yourself
Follow this link to find out how
This provision states that 'national legislation must be enacted to give effect to this right…' the objectives of which should be to:
· Promote transparency, effectiveness and accountability within all public and PRIVATE bodies;
· To promote a culture of social justice and human rights; and
· To establish voluntarily mechanisms through which to gain access to information in an effective and efficient manner; etc.
By complying with the PAIA, you are promoting a culture which seeks to protect human rights within the nation. And that's a big deal! Because in order to do that, certain information needs to be transparent.
So make sure you're a part of this and submit your PAIA manual as soon as possible! But if the above doesn't encourage you to take action, then maybe the possibility of massive fines and imprisonment will…
*If you haven't submitted your manual yet, click here and get it done in as little as 20 minutes!
NOTE: If you've already submitted yours, then you must still re-submit it. Also, annual reviews must then be done on your manuals