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Title:Scope of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000: a comparative perspective
Author:Roberts, Benita
Periodical:Politeia: Journal for Political Science and Public Administration
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:freedom of information
access to information
Abstract:The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, stipulates that every person has the right of access to information held by government. To give effect to this right, legislation in the form of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 was promulgated. This article explores the scope of this Act with reference to the nature of information that may be requested, the public institutions to which the Act applies and the persons who are allowed to request information in terms of this legislation. Each of these aspects is analysed by drawing on corresponding provisions of the American Freedom of Information Act, the Canadian Access to Information Act, the New Zealand Official Information Act and the Australian Freedom of Information Act. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]