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The Promotion of Access​ to Information Act, Act No. 2 of 2000 or PAIA entrenches our valuable democracy:

All citizens of South Africa have a right to access i​nformation which affects their lives. They have a right to know how Government functions and how decisions taken by it may affect their lives. This transparent flow of information between Government and its citizens is necessary for democracy.

To support this right of access to information, the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) was passed by the South African Parliament in 2000. The aim of this Act is to "foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public and private bodies by giving effect to the right of access to information, and actively promote a society in which the people of South Africa have effective access to information to enable them more fully to exercise and protect all of their rights."

Access to Information Manual

In terms of section 14 of the PAIA, public bodies are required to compile a manual on how members of the public can access information held by the public body. The Access to Information Manual is regularly updated and available on this website.

Information Officer and Deputy Information Officer

The PAIA states that each body must appoint an Information Officer and Deputy Information Officer(s) who will be responsible to processing applications for access to information and helping applicants to apply for information.

In terms of the PAIA, the Head: GTAC is the Information Officer. GTAC has one Deputy Information Officer.


Information Officer: Andrew Donaldson

Postal address: GTAC, Government Technical Advisory Centre, Private Bag X115, Pretoria, 0001

Street address: 240 Madiba Street, Pretoria, 0002

E-mail: paia@gtac.gov.za​​​​​


Deputy Information Officers: Amanda Smit and Anita Rwelamira

Postal address: GTAC, Government Technical Advisory Centre, Private Bag X115, Pretoria, 0001

Street address: 240 Madiba Street, Pretoria, 0002

E-mail: paia@gtac.gov.za​​​​​​​

 Relevant Documents