The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 became effective on 9 March 2001, with the exception of sections 10, 14, 15 and 51, which became effective on 15 February 2002.
All public and private bodies are required in terms of sections 14 and 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to compile manuals on how to access their records.
The Act gives companies a two year "transitional" or "grace" period and which to comply with the new Act. The contents of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of pre-existing companies may this remain unchanged for two years calculated from the effective date of the Act, being 1 May 2011 until 1 May 2013.
CIPC has been notified of some billing challenges in relation to the filing of annual returns since 1 May 2011. In order to correct this issue and others, the annual return filing application will be deactivated from 17:00 3 June 2011 until 08:00 6 June 2011 and 17:00 10 June 2011 to 08:00 12 June 2011.