The PAIA manual deadline has been extended, again. As we previously predicted, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services has “decided to further exempt private bodies from compiling the Manual contemplated in section 51(1) of PAIA…” The deadline has been extended for another routine 5-year period, and it comes into effect from 1 January 2016. The notice has been gazetted and the exemption ends on 31 December 2020.

What has changed?

The new notice has increased the turnover threshold for all the industries.

Industry Turnover Threshold
Agriculture R6 million
Mining and Quarrying R22,5 million
Manufacturing R30 million
Electricity, Gas and Water R30 million
Construction R15 million
Retail and Motor Trade and Repair Services R45 million
Wholesale Trade, Commercial Agents and Allied Services R75 million
Catering, Accommodation and other Trade R15 million
Transport Storage and Communications R30 million
Finance and Business Services R30 million
Community, Special and Personal Services R15 million

What does this mean?

The threshold increase means that big businesses must submit a PAIA manual. This also means that you should not rush into making a shabby PAIA manual just to meet the deadline. Those who were previously exempt, will probably remain exempt and do not need a PAIA manual by law. Some businesses have never been exempt and they have always needed a PAIA manual.

Do  you still need a PAIA manual?

If you are a small business, you don’t. If you are a large business, you still do. If you are in between, you need to check if you have 50 or more employees, or if your turnover is above the new threshold.