Access to information bill ,alive and kicking. Lock this,lock that. Ban this , ban that.
Do you mean the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000 forestgump.
The act can be downloaded on this site - here
I am not a lawyer but I think this will take precedence over the forum rules?
So what can anybody request?ii. Records that may be requested [Section 14(1)(d)]
Description of the subjects of records held by SANParks:
• Records required in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected
Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 and the Regulations published in terms of that Act
• Records in terms of other legislation applicable to SANParks
• Services offered by SANParks
• Clients of SANParks
• Research conducted
• Annual Reports
• Operational reports
• Records of meetings
• Employment records and other related records
• Asset register
• Financial records
• Strategic and management plans
• Records of workshops and conferences attended
• Papers presented
• Archive material
So if I understand this correctly we can request information on research?
if you read the rest of the document, the correct procedure for requesting infomation from SANParks is quite clearly stated.
Description of the categories of records held by SANParks:
iii. The request procedures
A requester must be given access to a record of a public body if the requester
complies with the following:
• The requester complies with all the procedural requirements of the Act relating to
the request for access to that record; and
• Access to that record is not refused on any ground
of refusal mentioned in the Act
Nature of the request:
• A requester must use the form that has been printed in the Government Gazette
[Govt. Notice R187- 15 February 2002 Form A].
• The requester must also indicate if the request is for a copy of the record or if the
requester wants to come in and look at the record at the offices of the public body.
Alternatively if the record is not a document it can then be viewed in the requested
form, where possible [s 29(2)].
• If a person asks for access in a particular form then the requester should get
access in the manner that has been asked for. This is unless doing so would
interfere unreasonably with the running of the public body concerned, or damage
the record, or infringe a copyright not owned by the state. If for practical reasons
access cannot be given in the required form but inan alternate matter, then the fee
must be calculated according to the way that the requester first asked for it [s 29(3)and (4)].
• If, in addition to a written reply to their request for the record, the requester wants to
be told about the decision in any other way, e.g. telephone, this must be indicated[s 18(2)(e)].
• If a requester is asking for the information on behalf of somebody else, the capacity in which the request is being made should be indicated [s 18(2)(f)].
• If a requester is unable to read or write, or has a disability, then they can make the
request for the record orally. The information officer must then fill in the form on
behalf of such a requester and give them a copy [s 18(3)].
There are two types of fees required to be paid in terms of the Act, being the
request fee and the access fee s22:
A requester who seeks access to a record containing
personal information about that requester is not required to pay the request fee. Every other requester, who is not a personal requester, must pay the required request fee:
• The information officer must notify the requester
(other than a personal requester)
by notice, requiring the requester to pay the presc
ribed fee (if any) before further
processing the request.
• The request fee payable to public bodies is R35.
The requester may lodge an
internal appeal, where appropriate, or an applicati
on to the court against the tender
or payment of the request fee.
• After the information officer has made a decision
on the request the requester must
be notified of such a decision in the way in which
the requester wanted to be
• If the request is granted then a further access fe
e must be paid for the search,
preparation, reproduction and for any time that has
exceeded the prescribed hours to
search and prepare the record for disclosure.