Your PAIA Manual and POPI

//Your PAIA Manual and POPI

Do you already have a PAIA Manual or Access to Information Manual? Are you wondering whether it is in-line with the latest laws and regulations in South Africa? Is your PAIA Manual in-line with POPI (Protection of Personal Information Act)? POPI amended the sections in PAIA that deal with the manual and your manual must now contain additional information (unless is it contained in your privacy policy). For example, a description of the different categories of your data subjects. Are you worried that you are missing things in yours?

If you do not have a manual, we can draft a PAIA Manual for you. Some organisations still do not have a manual even though the law requires them to. However, please note that most smaller organisations are exempt.

Review your existing PAIA Manual and POPI

We can conduct a due diligence review of your existing PAIA Manual. Some of the issues that we will deal with are the following:

  • Does it comply with the latest law, including the latest version of PAIA and POPI?
  • Does it contain everything the law requires it to contain? What is missing?
  • Is is likely to make people (whichever it applies to) trust you as an organisation?

We’ll give you a practical and meaningful report, together with suggested amendments, recommendations and action items. A proactive step now could save you from a horrible mess in the future. If you do not have an up-to-date manual, your information officer could be fined or imprisoned for a period not exceeding two years.

Review your Privacy Policy

Considering that in future there is a much closer relationship between the PAIA Manual and a Privacy Policy, you might want us to review your Privacy Policy at the same time.

Guide to POPI and PAIA

We can also provide you with a Guide to updating your PAIA Manual to comply with POPI. It will help you to update your PAIA Manual with the information POPI requires you to put in it.


If you are interested, please complete the form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your requirements and give you a quote.

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