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Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Bill
November 30, 2001



General Provisions

102. Regulatory powers of the Minister.
103. Transitional provision



102   Regulatory powers of the Minister   TOP

(1) The Minister may, by regulation, order or notice, prescribe matters that, by this Act are required or permitted to be prescribed or that in the opinion of the Minister are necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

(2) Without derogating from the generality of subsection (1), regulations, orders or notices made in terms of subsection (1) may provide for—

(a) the form, manner and period in which applications for registration shall be made;

(b) the form, manner and period in which complaints against public bodies, mass media owners and journalists shall be dealt with;

(c) the amount of annual levy payable to the Fund;

(d) the manner in which moneys held in the Media and Information Fund may be invested;

(e) the fees to be paid for application, accreditation and registration and the manner of their payment;

(f) the form, manner and period in which requests for information from public bodies shall be made;

(g) the standards to be observed by employees of public bodies when responding to requests for information;

(i) the procedures to be followed when disclosing information;

(j) persons, organisations or institutions exempted from the provisions of this Act;

(k) the fees to be paid to a public body to access information or a record;

(l) personal information that may be disclosed by a public body;

(m) the information to be contained in an application for registration of a mass media;

(n) information to be disclosed for research or statistical purposes;

(o) the form and manner of publisher’s imprints;

(p) the qualifications for accreditation as a journalist;

(q) the period when contributions to the Fund will be made;

(r) periodicals or publications exempt from registration.


103   Transitional provision   TOP

Any person who, immediately before the date of commencement of this Act was lawfully operating a mass media service or practising as a journalist shall be deemed to be registered for the purpose of providing the same service for a period of three months from the date of commencement of this Act, and any application for registration or accreditation made after that date in terms of this Act for a certificate of registration or accreditation to provide that service shall be treated as an application for a new certificate and not for the renewal of a certificate.

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