This Promotion of Access to Information Act No 2 of 2000 states: “To give effect the constitutional right of access to information held by the State and any other information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights; and to provide for matters connected therewith.”

However, 42 (3) states: “The information officer of a public body may refuse a request for access to a record of the body if the record:

  • contains trade secrets of the State or a public body;
  • contains financial, commercial, scientific or technical information, other than trade secrets, the disclosure of which would be likely to cause harm to the commercial or financial interests of the State or a public body;
  • contains information, the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected:
    • to put a public body at a disadvantage in contractual or other negotiations; or
    • to prejudice a public body in commercial competition