On 27 August 2021, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services published under section 92 of Promotion of Access of information Act, 2000 (“PAIA”) the new PAIA Regulations repealing and replacing the previous regulations that were issued in terms of PAIA.
The Information Regulator was established in terms of section 39 of Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”). This precipitated the need for the new PAIA Regulation so as to align the previous PAIA Regulations with POPIA. As of 1 July 2021, the Information Regulator took over the administration and enforcement of PAIA from the South African Humans Rights Commission (“SAHRC”), making it the custodian of PAIA and POPIA.
The Information Regulator amongst others, is empowered to monitor and enforce compliance with the provisions of PAIA and POPIA by both public and private bodies.
1 JANUARY 2022 DEADLINE - As of 31 December 2021 the exemption applicable to smaller private bodies that were exempted from publishing Manuals in terms of PAIA, will expire.