PAIA MANUAL for ABAGOLD LIMITED

Prepared in terms of Section 51 of the
PROMOTION OF ACCESS TO INFORMATION ACT, No 2 of 2000
(“the Act”)

Introduction

The Promotion of Access to Information Act gives effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the state and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights. The Act sets out the requisite procedures associated with any such requests for information.

In terms of the Act, where a request for information is made to a body, there is an obligation to provide the information, except where the Act, expressly provides that the information may not be released. In that context, Section 9 of the Act recognises that access to information can be limited.

The limitation relates to circumstances where its release would pose a threat to the protection of privacy, commercial confidentiality, and the exercising of efficient governance.

Part 1 Company and Contact Details

Name of Company: ABAGOLD LIMITED
Nature of Business: Aquaculture of Abalone (Haliotis Midae)
Public Officer of Company: Mr Christo du Plessis
Postal Address: P O Box 1291, Hermanus , 7200
Street Address: New Harbour, Hermanus. 7200
Telephone Number: 028 313 0253
Telefax Number: 028 312 2194
Email Address: christo@abagold.co.za
Information Officer: Mr Christo du Plessis
Postal Address: P O Box 1291, Hermanus, 7200
Telephone: 028 313 0253
Telefax Number: 028 3122194

All requests for information in terms of this manual should be addressed to the Information Officer.

Part 2 South African Human Rights Commission guide.

In terms of section 10 of the Act, the Human Rights Commission is required to compile, in each official language, a guide to the Act to assist people to exercise their rights under the Act. This guide is available at.

The Human Rights Commission
Private Bag 2700;
Houghton; 2041
Telephone: 011 484 8300
Fax: 011 484 0582
Web site: http://www.sahrc.org.za/
e-mail address: PAIA@sahrc.org.za

Part 3 Records.

3.1 Records available, without a person having to request access; in terms of Section 52(2) of the Act, are: Pamphlets, Newsletters.

3.2 The following records are held in the Company’s Head Office and details on the subjects, may be requested:

  • Company Secretarial
  • Agreements with customers, suppliers, service providers and other parties.
  • Movable and immovable property
  • Intellectual property
  • Insurance
  • Taxation
  • Human Resources
  • Finance and accounting
  • Operations
  • Information technology
  • Administration 

Part 4 Information Request Procedure.

A person who wants access to the records of any of the identified entities must complete the necessary request form, numbered AD 0012. This should be requested from the Information Officer, completed in full and returned to same.

The requester must provide sufficient detail to enable the company to identify the record and the requester.

The requester must identify the right that he/she is seeking to exercise or protect, and provide an explanation of why the requested record is required for the exercise or protection of that right. In terms of section 63 of the Act, the head of ABAGOLD LIMITED must refuse a request for access to a record if its disclosure would involve the unreasonable disclosure of personal information about a third party, including a deceased individual.

Furthermore, the Information Officer must refuse a request for access to a record of the Company if the record contains; trade secrets, financial, commercial, scientific and technical information, the disclosure of which could harm the interests of ABAGOLD LIMITED.

Similarly, in terms of section 64 of the Act, the above refusal grounds apply in respect of the commercial information of third parties held by ABAGOLD LIMITED.

Access to such records will require the written permission of the third party concerned before ABAGOLD LIMITED will permit access to view.

In accordance with the above mandatory refusal grounds, the Information Officer will make a decision whether to accede to a request for access to information.

Any search, reproduction, and document preparation necessitated by requests for information will be undertaken in accordance with market related fees. The minimum fee will be R200.00.

Part 5. Manual Availability.

In addition to the availability of this Manual at the South African Human Rights Commission, this Manual is available on the website of www.abagold.com

Copies may also be obtained from the Information Officer.

In respect of hard copies, any transmission costs/postage will be for the account of the requestor.