PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act)

Metsimaholo Local Municipality - Promotion of Access to Information Act  (PAIA)


The purpose of this manual is to inform the public about the information held by the municipality (the public body in terms of PAIA) and how to obtain access to the them.


The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000) is commonly referred to as PAIA. It is legislation in the Republic of South Africa allowing access to any information held by the State, and any information held by private bodies that are required for the exercise and protection of any rights. It applies specifically to South Africa, but is part of the global drive towards freedom of information. The Act is enforced by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).


The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa of 1996, Section 32(1)(a), determines that everyone has a right of access to any information held by the State.  Section 32(2) of the Constitution provides for the enactment of national legislation to give effect to this fundamental right.  PAIA is the national legislation contemplated in section 32(2) of the Constitution.


Section 9 of PAIA recognises that the right of access to information is subject to certain justifiable limitations aimed at, amongst others:

(a)     the reasonable protection of privacy;

(b)     commercial confidentiality;

(c)     effective, efficient and good governance.


Please take note : Fees are payable before the municipality can make any information requested available to the requester during office hours, at the Municipality’s Cashier's office on the Ground floor (Finance Section, Civic Centre, Sasolburg) OR via electronic bank transfer to :


Standard Bank

Account number: 240347862

Branch Code : 051001

Your reference Number:


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