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Documents relating to three captive elephant facilities in Mpumalanga

Centre for Environmental Rights v Information Officer: Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency

In this matter, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) requested copies of documents relating to three captive elephant facilities in Mpumalanga from the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA). The CER’s PAIA request was refused by the MTPA. The CER consequently approached the High Court for an order directing the MTPA to provide the CER with the requested records. After the litigation was initiated by the CER, the parties agreed to settle the matter on the basis that the MTPA will provide the requested information to the CER and upon receipt of the documentation, the CER will withdraw its application.