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Records automatically available from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in terms of section 15(1) of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000

7 December 2018

On 7 December 2018, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services published the description of records that are automatically available from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in terms of section 15(1) of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA).

Section 15(1) of PAIA provides that the information officer of a public body must, on a periodic basis not less frequently than once each year, submit to the Minister responsible for justice a description of –

(a) the categories of records of the public body that are automatically available without a person having to request access in terms of this Act, including such categories available–

(i) for inspection in terms of legislation other than this Act;
(ii) for purchase or copying from the body; and
(iii) from the body free of charge; and

(b) how to obtain access to such records

Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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