The Access to information Unit of ODAC is split into three main components of research, advocacy and community interventions.
The research unit is responsible for the parliamentary work that ODAC engages in with regard to submissions to Parliament on how information laws or Bills before Parliament can be strengthened to promote openness and transparency.
The research unit is the main consultancy arm of ODAC that provides institutional support on access to information issues to the advocacy community on the continent. We help our partners in different African countries to develop their Freedom of Information Bills, assist them in developing strategies for the campaign on freedom of information and we conduct research on access to information on specific subject areas.
The Community Intervention component goes out into communities in South Africa to identify the socio-economic needs of people living in these communities and we look for ways of solving their problems through access to information and facilitating communication between the government and the people. We also assist people in these communities through training on how to make requests for information.
Our advocacy component is responsible for training of government officials on how they can improve their level of implementation and compliance on PAIA. We also support the network of Deputy Information Officers across the country to provide a platform for information exchange on best practices on the implementation of PAIA.
The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) provides for access to any information held by the state or by another person that is required for the exercise or protection of one’s rights.
- Promotion of Access to Information Act (125kb)
- 22 Most frequently asked questions about PAIA- English
- PAIA in plain language – English
- Form A: Form used when requesting access to records of a public body. (doc 50 Kb)
- Form B: Form to be used when requesting access to records of a private body (doc 48 Kb)
- Form C: Notice of Internal Appeal: Forms to be filled in when lodging an internal appeal after 30 days of a decision by a public body (doc 44 Kb)
- Timeline of significant Access to Information Events in South Africa