Access to Information

​​​Manual of Webber Wentzel in terms of The Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (the Act)

Introduction to Webber Wentzel

Webber Wentzel is a partnership which conducts business as a law firm. Webber Wentzel has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Mr AC Lawson has been duly appointed by the head of Webber Wentzel, to act as the person to whom requests for access to information must be made in terms of the Act.

1. Contact details of head

Mr AC Lawson - General Counsel

Postal Address: Webber Wentzel PO Box 61771 Marshalltown 2107 South Africa
90 Rivonia Road Sandton
Johannesburg 2196 South Africa Telephone: +27 11 530 5467 Email: alisdair.lawson@webberwentzel.com

The Guide

A Guide on how to use the Act has been compiled by the South African Human Rights Commission. Any person who wishes to exercise any rights contemplated in the Act must direct any queries to:

The South African Human ​Rights Commission:

PAIA Unit The Research and Docume​ntation Department

Postal Address:
Private Bag 2700 
Houghton
2041
South AfricaTelephone: +27 11 877 3600 Facsimile: +27 11 403 0625 E-mail: PAIA@sahrc.org.za Website: www.sahrc.org.za
2. Records are maintained in accordance with the following legislation
  • Income Tax Act 58 of 1962
  • The Unemployment Insurance Act 30 of 1966
  • Income Tax Act 95 of 1967
  • Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014
  • Value Added Tax Act 89 of 1991
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993
  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993
  • Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997
  • The Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998
  • The Skills and Development Act 97 of 1998
  • Promotion of Access of Information Act 2 of 2000
  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002
  • The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013
  • Rules for the Attorneys' Profession

Webber Wentzel has the following records (which are not automatically available without a request in terms of this Act):

Communication

  • Public Product Information
  • Media Releases
  • Promotion of Access to Information Act Manual
  • Internal and external correspondence

Financial Information

  • Financial Statements
  • Financial and Tax Records (Company & Employees)
  • Asset Register & Insurance information
  • Banking details

Human Resources

  • Employee Records
  • Employment Contracts
  • Personnel Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
  • Operational Information

Operational Information

  • Partnership information
  • Client Information
  • General Contract Documentation
  • Company Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
  • Trade Marks
  • Statutory Records
  • General Operational Information

Website

  • Organisational structure
  • Organisation and personal profiles
  • News and Publications


3. Form of request:
  • The requester must use the prescribed form to make the request for access to a record. The form may be requested from the General Counsel and is available on the website of the South African Human Rights Commission at www.sahrc.org.za and the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development at www.doj.gov.za. The completed form must be submitted to the General Counsel.
  • The requester must provide sufficient detail on the request form to enable the General Counsel to identify the record and the requester.
  • The requester should also indicate which form of access is required.
  • The requester should also indicate if he or she wishes to be informed in any other manner and state the necessary particulars to be so informed.
  • The requester must identify the right that he or she is seeking to exercise or protect and provide an explanation as to why the requested record is required for the exercise or protection of that right.
  • If a request is made on behalf of a person, the requester must submit proof of the capacity in which the requester is making the request to the satisfaction of the General Counsel.
4. Fees:
  • The General Counsel must notify the requester (other than a personal requester) by notice, requiring the requester to pay the relevant fee before further processing the request. A personal requester does not pay such fee.
  • The requester may lodge an application to the court against the tender or payment of the request fee.
  • The General Counsel will then make a decision on the request and notify the requester in the required form.
  • If the request is granted then a further access fee must be paid for the search, reproduction, preparation and for any time that had exceeded the prescribed hours to search and prepare the record for disclosure.
5. Availability of the manual

The manual is available for inspection during office hours at the Johannesburg offices of Webber Wentzel free of charge. To arrange for an inspection of the manual, please contact the General Counsel. Copies are also available with the SAHRC and in the Government Gazette.

6. Prescribed fees and forms in respect of private bodies

The prescribed forms and fees for requests to private bodies are available on the website of the South African Human Rights Commission at www.sahrc.org.za and the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development at www.doj.gov.za.

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