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Notice on compliance with Section 51

The most recent notice of exemption confirming the extension until December 2020 can be located in Government Gazette Notice 39504, No 1222 (11 December 2015).

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SAHRC Investigative Report: Western Cape - Joshua Generation Church
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Opinion Piece: International Human Rights Day

10 DECEMBER 2015

By Advocate Mabedle Lourence Mushwana

Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission and Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC)

2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the two covenants namely, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights form the International Bill of Human Rights

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Private bodies exempted from compiling the Manual contemplated in Section 51(1) of PAIA for a period of five years with effect from 1 January 2016

The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received notice on 26 November 2015 from the office of the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services confirming that the Minister has "decided to further exempt private bodies from compiling the Manual contemplated in Section 51(1) of PAIA for a period of five years with effect from 1 January 2016."

The notice of exemption is yet to be gazetted. The Commission will make same available as soon as it has been published.

Please see attached, the previous exemption notice which sets out which categories of private bodies must still comply with Section 51 of PAIA.

If your private body falls within the exemption and a manual has already been prepared in terms of Section 51 of PAIA, please note that there is no need to submit the manual to the Commission. We do however strongly encourage you to upload the manual on your website and ensure that same is available at your office/s for public inspection.

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Access to housing Local Governance and Service Delivery report


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Request for proposal for the leasing of office space
Request for proposal for the leasing of office space and parking facilities for the SAHRC head office and Gauteng for a period of three (3) years with the option to extend for a further two (2) years.

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9 July 2015

Attention: Editors and Reporters

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) welcomes the judgment handed down yesterday by the Western Cape High Court in a matter relating to the lack of judicial oversight in the granting of emolument attachment orders (“EAOs”). The SAHRC intervened in the matter as amicus curiae, to champion the human rights of people who are poor and vulnerable. In handing down his judgment, Judge Desai placed on record the court’s ‘indebtedness to the amicus curiae and their counsel.’


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SAHRC Programmes

Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

How can the SAHRC help?

The SAHRC promotes, protects and monitors human rights in South Africa. It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implemen-
tation of PAIA.


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