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PAIA Manual

Manual in terms of Section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000

This manual is published in terms of section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (“the Act”).  The reference to any information in addition to that specifically required in terms of section 51 of the Act does not create any right or entitlement (contractual or otherwise) to receive such information, other than in terms of the Act.

Introduction to Southern Africa Litigation Centre 

  1. Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is a non-profit civil society organisation. SALC’s mandate is to promote and advance human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa primarily through strategic litigation support, advocacy and capacity building. SALC’s work is grounded on the principles of transparency and accountability, respect and equality, impartiality, and independence. SALC has zero tolerance for corruption. It is SALC’s policy to conduct all of its work in an honest and ethical manner.
  2. Southern Africa Litigation Centre is a non-profit organisation with registration number IT3935/05 and is governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
  3. Contact details

Information Officer:

The Executive Director

Anneke Meerkotter


Deputy Information Officer

Operations Manager

Pamela Timburwa


Postal Address: 

P.O. Box 52250




Physical Address:

1 Hood Avenue

President Place




Telephone number: +27 10 5968538

Email address:



How to access the guide described in section 10 of PAIA 

  1. The South African Human Rights Commission has compiled a Guide in terms of section 10 of the Act which contains information required by a person who wishes to exercise any right contemplated by PAIA. The Guide is available in all languages. The Guide can be accessed from the South African Human Rights Commission. Email: PAIA, Website:

Records held by Southern Africa Litigation Centre  

  1. Records which are available without a request in terms of PAIA:


  1. Southern Africa Litigation Centre has submitted no request to the Minister in accordance with section 52 (2) of the Act;
  2. Southern Africa Litigation Centre is committed to making a wide range of information within its control easily and freely available as widely as possible. Accordingly, Southern Africa Litigation Centre regularly provides information requested either telephonically, by email, or through its website ( Records available freely from Southern Africa Litigation Centre include:
  • Court judgments on SALC cases;
  • Various submissions;
  • Media releases issued by SALC;
  • Newsletters
  • All available Annual Reports.

Categories of records held by the Southern Africa Litigation Centre

  1. SALC maintains records under various categories and subject matters and in accordance with legislation. All requests for access to records will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the process outlined below.
  2. The following types of records are held by SALC:
  3. Copyrights;
  4. Founding documents, including Southern Africa Litigation Centre Memorandum of Incorporation;
  5. Financial records, including audited financial statements;
  6. Corporate governance, records including minutes of meetings;
  7. Human resource records including employment contracts;
  8. Administration records.

How to request access to records held by SALC

  1. Form of request:


  1. Requests for access to records held by SALC must be made on the prescribed Form C (attached). The prescribed form must be submitted to the Information Officer at her address or electronic mail address.
  2. The form must:
  • Provide sufficient information to enable the Information Officer to identify the record(s) requested and to identify the requester;
  • Indicate which form of access is required;
  • Specify the postal address or electronic email address of the requester in the Republic of South Africa;
  • Identify the right that the requester is seeking to exercise or protect, and provide an explanation of why the requested record is required for the exercise or protection of that right;
  • If in addition to a written reply, the requester wishes to be informed of the outcome of the request in any other manner, to state that manner and the necessary particulars to be informed in the other manner;
  • If the request is made on behalf of another person, to submit proof of the capacity in which the requester is making the request, to the reasonable satisfaction of the Information Officer.


  1. The fees for reproduction are as follows:


  1. For every photocopy of an A4-size page or part thereof: R1,10
  2. For every printed copy of an A4-size page or part thereof held on a computer or in electronic or machine-readable form: R0,75
  3. For a copy in a computer-readable form on a USB stick: R100
  4. A transcription of visual images
    1. For an A4 size page or part thereof: R40,00
    2. For a copy of visual images: R60,00
  5. For a transcription of an audio record
    1. For an A4 size page or part thereof: R20,00
    2. For a copy of an audio record: R30,00
  6. The actual postage is payable when a copy of a record must be posted to a requester.

Other information 

  1. You can send a request for a copy of this manual to the Information Officer at The manual may also be obtained from our offices at the address set out above. This manual will be updated from time to time as and when required.