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City invites residents to information sessions about their right to access information held by Public Entities<p>These sessions are informal and will be facilitated by the Access to Information Unit and Appeals Unit from the Legal Services Department. The City welcomes residents to come and engage the subject experts on any appeals and access to information queries. </p><p>The Access to Information Unit will be able to advise on the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) and the right to reasons required to be given in terms of section 5 of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act 3 of 2000 (PAJA). </p><p>The Appeal Unit will cover areas that include tender appeals; </p><p>•        Event appeals </p><p>•        Insurance appeals</p><p>•        Rates rebate appeals </p><p>•        Internal bursary appeals </p><p>•        Informal trading permit appeals</p><p>'We welcome members of the public who need to discuss their pertinent matters with the City's legal services or those who would like to learn more about access to information and section 62 appeals, to join us next week. The PAIA Act provides mechanisms or procedures to enable people to obtain information swiftly, inexpensively, and effortlessly. Examples of the information that can be requested include documents, tapes, video recordings, computer files, notes or emails,' said City Spokesperson, Luthando Tyhalibongo</p><p>PAIA gives effect to Section 32 of the Constitution which confirms the public's right of access to information held by the State, with the exception of records held by the Cabinet, Courts and by Members of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures. Information in the City's possession is subject to PAIA.</p><p>The City's Access to Information Unit has a dedicated walk-in public office, namely the Access to City Records Office in the Cape Town Civic Centre where the unit assists the public with the PAIA process. This includes guidance on completing and submitting PAIA forms, liaising with the relevant City line departments for the provision of records, as well as decisions on outcomes of PAIA applications.</p><p>An online service to submit requests, and for more information, is also available on the City's website at <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Access-information/Request-access-to-information" target="_blank">https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Access-information/Request-access-to-information</a>  </p><p>Section 62 appeals and related queries may be submitted to the Appeals Unit at <a href="mailto:MSA.Appeals@capetown.gov.za" target="_blank">MSA.Appeals@capetown.gov.za</a>         </p><p>PAIA applies to records of public and private bodies, regardless of when they came into existence. A record means any recorded information which is in possession or under the control of the public body, whether or not it was created by that public body. PAIA also applies to records held by independent contractors contracted by the State.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-03-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#0cdda587-8cb9-4e00-950a-5fb3b835b06e;L0|#00cdda587-8cb9-4e00-950a-5fb3b835b06e|access to information act;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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