About accessing information

The purpose of the Promotion of Access to Information Act is to ensure that people can exercise their constitutional right of access to any information held by:

  • the State
  • another person that is required for the exercise or protection of any right.

The motivation for giving effect to the right of access to information is to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in both public and private bodies, and to promote a society in which the people of South Africa have effective access to information to enable them to fully exercise and protect all their rights.