Our Manual in terms of Section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act
The Promotion of Access to Information Act No. 2 of 2000 (“the Act) came into operation on 23 November 2001. Section 51 of this Act requires that we, as a private body, compile a manual giving information to the public regarding the procedure to be followed in requesting information from us for the purpose of exercising or protecting rights.
Venn Nemeth & Hart Incorporated is a firm of Attorneys based in Pietermaritzburg. We are a leading law firm in KwaZulu-Natal with associate firms in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Richards Bay, Empangeni and Port Shepstone.
We offer a wide range of specialist legal and financial services. For more information, please visit our website at www.venns.co.za
We as a private body have compiled this manual, not only to comply with the provisions of the Act, but also to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in our environment and to ensure that members of the public have effective access to information in our possession which will assist them in the exercise and protection of their rights.
Inside these pages you will be able to view the categories of information which we possess. You will also be shown the correct procedure to follow should you require access to any of this information.
A copy of this manual is also available on our website – www.venns.co.za
Venn Nemeth & Hart Inc
281 Pietermaritz Street
P O Box 600
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A guide has been complied in terms of Section 10 of PAIA by the Human Rights Commission. It contains information required by a person wishing to exercise any right, contemplated by PAIA. It is available in all of the official languages.
The Guide is available for inspection, inter alia, at the offices of the Human Rights Commission, contact details of which are as follows:
Address: 29 Princess of Wales Terrace
Cnr York and St. Andrews Street
Postal: South African Human Rights Commission
Promotion of Access to Information Act Unit
Private Bag 2700
Telephone: (011) 484-8300
Telefax: (011) 484-0582
Categories of information
We hold the following categories of information:
All information shall only be made available subject to the provisions of the Act and subject to Attorney Client privilege
Procedure for requesting access to the above information
If you wish to request access to any of the above categories of information, you are required to complete a request form as set out in annexure “A” hereto. These forms are available from:
There is a prescribed fee [payable in advance] for requesting and accessing information in terms of the Act. Details of these fees are contained in the request form.
You may also be called upon to pay the additional fees prescribed by regulation for searching for and compiling the information which you have requested, including copying charges.
It is important to note that access is not automatic – you must identify the right you are seeking to exercise or protect and explain why the record you request is required for the exercise or protection of that right. You will be notified in the manner indicated by you on the request form whether your request has been approved.
Where applicable to our operations, information is also available in terms of certain provisions of the following statutes:
Where applicable to our operations, we also retain records and documents in terms of the following statutes:
The following categories of records are automatically available for inspection, purchase or photocopying. In other words you do not need to request this information in terms of the Promotions of Access to Information Act.
Request forms for these categories of information are also available from our information officer whose contact details appear in Section A of this manual