Human Rights

City to host PAIA awareness campaign

On 28 September 2022, the Access to Information Unit within the City’s Legal Services Department will host a Promotion of Access to Information Awareness Campaign on the Concourse Level at the Cape Town Civic Centre from 08:30 until 14:00.

The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (commonly known as PAIA) is South Africa’s access to information law that enables people to gain access to information held by both public and private bodies. All organisations in South Africa must comply with it.

The purpose of the awareness campaign is to raise awareness of the PAIA, as well as to inform members of the public of their rights in terms of the Act.

A team of well-equipped officials will be on the second floor of the Civic Centre on the day. They will:

• raise PAIA Awareness

• educate members of the public about their rights to access City records and the procedural requirements to do so.

In addition, anyone wishing to request access to City records will be assisted on site.

‘A person informed is a person empowered. This campaign seeks to give members of the public access to information of their municipality, thereby empowering them to participate in the activities and services of their municipality. The access to information also empowers people to exercise other rights, such as the right to equality and human dignity.

‘I am encouraging residents to please come and take advantage of this opportunity to get informed free of charge and ultimately become active participants in City activities that affect them. We will also distribute leaflets for people to take home for further reading and clarity,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Corporate Services, Alderman Theresa Uys.

Source: City Of Cape Town