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Court ruling: All interested parties have access to mining rights application informationArticle

The High Court in Pretoria has handed down a declaration order which allows all interested parties automatic access to information regarding mining rights applications...

16 Sep 2020

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South Africans have a right to know government's nuclear plansArticle

Civil society organisation, Safcei, has evoked the Promotion of Access to Information Act to interrogate the government's latest push for further nuclear energy projects...

14 Aug 2020

POPI Act on our doorsteps
POPI Act on our doorstepsArticle

On 22 June 2020 the Presidency announced the commencement of several additional sections of the POPI Act and companies will have until 1 July 2021 to ensure they comply...

Ryan van de Coolwijk 24 Jun 2020

Protection of Personal Information Act sections come into effect
Protection of Personal Information Act sections come into effectArticle

The Presidency has announced the commencement of certain sections of the 2013 Protection of Personal Information Act...

22 Jun 2020

President Ramaphosa signs new legislation into law
President Ramaphosa signs new legislation into lawArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation that will improve the safety of navigation in South Africa's territorial waters, professionalise the country's diplomatic foreign service and give citizens access to information about funding for political parties...

5 Jun 2020

Barbara Creecy overrules officials on air pollution data
Barbara Creecy overrules officials on air pollution dataArticle

Environment minister Barbara Creecy has ordered air pollution data and anti-pollution plans of some of South Africa's biggest polluters to be made public...

John Yeld 16 Apr 2020

Information on mining applications should be public, Xolobeni activists tell court
Information on mining applications should be public, Xolobeni activists tell courtArticle

Mining rights applications should be public documents, the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and the Centre for Applied Studies (CALS) argued in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday...

Zoë Postman 11 Feb 2020

RIP Raymond Louw
RIP Raymond LouwArticle

NEWSWATCH: Media legend and Sanef Council member Raymond Louw and his wife, Jean died within 24 hours of each other...

5 Jun 2019

Qedani Mahlangu. Photo: Andronica Nedzamba
Mahlangu, Hlongwa elected to top Gauteng ANC bodyArticle

Former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, who presided over the Life Esidimeni tragedy, has been elected into the Gauteng ANC's provincial executive committee (PEC)...

Laura Lopez Gonzalez 25 Jul 2018

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Mainstreaming biodiversity crucial for securing global food securityArticle

Together with healthy agricultural ecosystems, biodiversity provides the ecological foundations for food production, which play a critical role in humankind...

30 May 2018

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The benefits of commercial landlords providing Wi-Fi to the massesArticle

In 2016, there were over seven billion mobile devices in the world and the users of these devices demand connectivity for them...

Ron Lagnado and Bilal Vallee 20 Jun 2017

Lance Solms, head of itransact
Keeping fintech and investment simpleArticle

You need to understand that when I was growing up, email didn't even exist...

Nicci Botha 29 May 2017

Managing patient information - the answer is simplification
Managing patient information - the answer is simplificationArticle

Patients have the right to access their medical records, putting pressure on healthcare institutions to come up with integrated data management processes...

Monty Zarrouk 17 Oct 2016

POPI looms - what it means for your business
POPI looms - what it means for your businessArticle

Government's implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) will soon be a reality, and this has far-reaching implications for businesses...

Alison Treadaway 5 Oct 2016

Information Regulator nominations finally approved
Information Regulator nominations finally approvedArticle

Organisations dealing with personal information should note the recent approval of nominations to the office of the Information Regulator...

Issued by IAB South Africa 4 Oct 2016

DEA makes environmental licences automatically available to public
DEA makes environmental licences automatically available to publicArticle

The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that it will make environmental licences automatically available to the public, without requiring submission of a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA)...

26 Apr 2016

Environmental licence access no longer buried in bureaucracy
Environmental licence access no longer buried in bureaucracyArticle

Interest groups and members of the public now have automatic access to environmental licences, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has announced...

26 Apr 2016

Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injustice
Campaign to campaign: giving a voice to those affected by injusticeArticle

The expected increase in the price of bread has been met with concern. We spoke to Amandla.mobi about their campaign against the increase...

Cari Van Wyk 25 Apr 2016

DA: tens of millions squandered on DTI Aerospace Project
DA: tens of millions squandered on DTI Aerospace ProjectArticle

Tens of millions of rands have been squandered on the Centurion Aerospace Village initiated by the DTI, with nothing to show for it...

Adam Wakefield 18 Sep 2015

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Promotion of Access to Information manuals due by 31 DecemberArticle

This article concentrates on the obligations of private bodies, and in particular private companies, in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) which came into law in 2000...

Glen Bresler, Issued by Meredith Harington 1 Sep 2015

Green skeletons: corporate social responsibility advances
Green skeletons: corporate social responsibility advancesArticle

The term 'corporate governance', and possibly the term 'corporate social responsibility', is bandied about in commercial circles with an air of confidence that is most beguiling...

Neil Kirby 12 Dec 2014

Right2Know Campaign releases its 2014 'Secret State of the Nation' report
Right2Know Campaign releases its 2014 'Secret State of the Nation' reportArticle

What is telling is that the compilation of the report itself has been hampered by secrecy... information that would help inform a public debate on various issues, remains secret.

10 Sep 2014

Comply proactively with PoPI, says the PBT Group
Comply proactively with PoPI, says the PBT GroupArticle

The industry remains abuzz with talk about the recently Gazetted Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act, yet the compliance rate of South Africa's enterprises varies significantly.

3 Sep 2014

New winemaking team at Anthonij Rupert Wyne
New winemaking team at Anthonij Rupert WyneArticle

Anthonij Rupert Wyne has announced new appointments in its winemaking team. Zanie Viljoen, formally assistant winemaker at the Terra Del Capo Cellar, has been appointed winemaker of the La Garonne MCC Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) Cellar for the L'Ormarins brand and Mark van Buuren has been recently appointed winemaker of the Terra Del Capo Cellar.

27 Nov 2013

R2K to host protest parties across SA today
R2K to host protest parties across SA todayArticle

Protest parties and street carnivals in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban today will mark World Press Freedom Day. Supporters are asked to wear red and black as a sign of their opposition to the National Key Points Act and the passing of the Secrecy Bill.

3 May 2013

Call to MPs to reject Secrecy Bill
Call to MPs to reject Secrecy BillArticle

The National Assembly will vote to pass the Protection of State Information Bill (the Secrecy Bill) today, Thursday, 25 April 2013. Right2Know states that members of the National Assembly must not betray our democracy. It calls on MPs to vote with their conscience and reject the Secrecy Bill.

25 Apr 2013

University set to hand over names in red-meat studyArticle

The University of Stellenbosch will reluctantly comply with a request by the Red Meat Industry Forum and Media24 to provide the names of retailers whose meat was sampled to determine its actual ingredients - against the wishes of the researchers, who believe the information should be kept confidential.

Linda Ensor 4 Apr 2013

SABC gets an 'F' in language, news - and a washout in soapies
SABC gets an 'F' in language, news - and a washout in soapiesArticle

NEWSWATCH: According to Channel24, a study by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has found the SABC seriously wanting in a number of areas, and still at the SABC, Noluthando Gosa wants a seat on the board... again... Mail & Guardian reports there are still problems with the POIB, and it also takes a look at the lighter (whiter?) side of the Woolies advertising issue. Finally, the SADF assures you it is looking after rhinos, us and our guests - great news in the latter case if you run a B&B.

Rod Baker 6 Sep 2012

Bizos: 'secrecy bill' unconstitutional on several countsArticle

The New Age reports that veteran human rights lawyer George Bizos said in a submission to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) that the Protection of State Information Bill ('the secrecy bill'), is unconstitutional on several counts.

14 Mar 2012

PAIA does it for Independent Newspapers, for now
PAIA does it for Independent Newspapers, for nowArticle

iMaverick reports that the Western Cape High Court ruled recently on an application brought against the ANC by Independent Newspapers.

7 Dec 2011

COSATU addresses SANEF, R2K on infamous bill
COSATU addresses SANEF, R2K on infamous billArticle

Reaffirming its opposition to the Protection of Information Bill, the COSATU general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi addressed the South Africa National Editors Forum (SANEF) and Right2Know in a formal meeting held on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 in Johannesburg, deploring the unprecedented and sustained negative attention the bill has attracted, both locally and internationally.

1 Dec 2011

So why isn't SA innovating in online journalism?
So why isn't SA innovating in online journalism?Article

This year's Highway Africa got everyone thinking about Africa's ability to innovate in the media and online industries, after Naspers CEO Koos Bekker said the continent and Europe were failing on this score. Bizcommunity.com talks to Geoff Cohen, GM of 24.com that runs News24 - the biggest news portal in the country - about why South Africa isn't more innovative when it comes to online journalism.

Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 21 Sep 2011

Voice capturing mitigates risk, boosts performance
Voice capturing mitigates risk, boosts performanceArticle

Telephonic interactions with customers, suppliers and partners are a key component of business. Recording those interactions has become increasingly important to mitigate risk, comply with legal requirements, support business processes and facilitate performance management, elevating it to a priority rather than a 'nice to have'.

Kgabo Badimo 24 Jun 2011

Manyi barking up the wrong tree with 'threats' of withholding adspend
Manyi barking up the wrong tree with 'threats' of withholding adspendArticle

Tell the same lie over and over maybe people will start believing it - that's the government's big gambit. And look no further than 702 Talk Radio's interview this week with Jimmy Manyi, the government's new communications tzar, for evidence of this cheap chicanery.

Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 22 Jun 2011

Controversial Sunday Times report now public
Controversial Sunday Times report now publicArticle

NEWSWATCH: That report, the 2008 one reviewing the Sunday Times editorial processes that freelance journalist Michelle Solomon has been trying to get her hands on since earlier this year and whose PAIA application was turned down, is now public -published online in an "exclusive" by Business Day on Wednesday afternoon, 15 June 2011. Twitter was initially aflame at the lack of credit due Solomon. [updated]

15 Jun 2011

Nederburg auction, new look, more wines
Nederburg auction, new look, more winesArticle

At this year's annual Nederburg Auction on 16-17 September 2011, more than 160 of South Africa's finest wines representing the majority of South Africa's 18 official wine routes, will be sold by Anthony Barne MW, the London-based auctioneer from Bonhams.

19 May 2011

International agencies registered for 2011 Maputo International Ad Festival
International agencies registered for 2011 Maputo International Ad FestivalArticle

Agencies from around the world have already registered for the 6th Maputo International Advertising Festival, according to event organisers AMEP (Mozambican Association of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations). The festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011 in Mozambique.

10 May 2011

Avusa refuses Michelle Solomon's PAIA application
Avusa refuses Michelle Solomon's PAIA applicationArticle

Michelle Solomon, a freelance researcher and journalist who is doing her masters in journalism and media studies at Rhodes University, has reported via Twitter that her Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application, regarding a Sunday Times 2008 report, was not granted by Avusa yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 - World Press Freedom Day.

4 May 2011

Why buy Avusa? Because it can be so silly?
Why buy Avusa? Because it can be so silly?Article

Why will Avusa insist on doing such silly things? Why not just give the enterprising young Michelle Solomon the 2008 report on the Sunday Times she sought? She wouldn't have been able to do much with it as it is almost three years old and doesn't reflect on today's Sunday Times, under new editor Ray Hartley.

Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 13 Apr 2011

Sunday Times and me
Sunday Times and meArticle

As a young journalist, I am still struggling to understand why there is such a gap between what we, the media, preach and what we actually do and why it is considered so natural. Over the last few weeks, I embarked on a journey of discovery of what exactly happened to the Sunday Times 2008 report by Anton Harber and Co. This is my travelogue of the journey so far, a slightly Kafkaesque experience.

Michelle Solomon 8 Apr 2011

Mail & Guardian disappointed over Zuma's plan to appealArticle

The Mail & Guardian said on Thursday, 23 December 2010, it would oppose President Jacob Zuma's application for leave to appeal last week's Supreme Court of Appeal ruling ordering him to hand over a report on the 2002 Zimbabwean election to the newspaper.

24 Dec 2010

Right2Know campaign back to drawing board
Right2Know campaign back to drawing boardArticle

After completing its Week of Action, which was characterised by a series of nationwide raucous and fearless protests against the government's proposed 'Secrecy Bill' - seen by critics as 'repressive' and 'wicked' - South Africa's civil society army is back at the drawing board, assessing its achievements and strategies and call for a scope-broadening national dialogue.

Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Nov 2010

Unprecented times call for unpredecented action
Unprecented times call for unpredecented actionArticle

Do you remember how satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys suspended all satire of the government in the first year of Nelson Mandela's presidency? It was a remarkable move, borne of those first years of democracy that were so infused with optimism as Mandela's extraordinary leadership skills kept the country focused on what was good - and not bad - about South Africa and its future.

Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 22 Sep 2010

FXI condemns Protection of Information Bill in present form
FXI condemns Protection of Information Bill in present formArticle

According to FXI, the Ministry of Intelligence (Ministry) is ignoring the major concerns of the FXI, other civil society organisations and the media regarding the Protection of Information Bill, which it feels is fundamentally flawed.

23 Jul 2010

SA newspaper in court for Zim report
SA newspaper in court for Zim reportArticle

Lawyers for the Mail & Guardian (M&G) on Monday described the government's contention that two eminent SA judges were sent to Zimbabwe in 2002 as special envoys on a confidential diplomatic mission as "nonsense on stilts".

28 May 2010

2009 Maputo International Ad Festival deadline looms
2009 Maputo International Ad Festival deadline loomsArticle

Numerous agencies have confirmed their participation in the 4th Maputo International Advertising Festival, 25 - 27 May 2009. The event is promoted by AMEP - the Mozambican Association of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations companies.

12 May 2009

Information Law may muzzle mediaArticle

Lawyers for a Cape businessman have applied for an urgent interdict and have brought an Access to Information challenge against the Cape Argus newspaper to prevent it from publishing an article, which they allege is defamatory and injures their client's dignity.

Issued by MISA 18 Nov 2003

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