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Private bodies PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) manuals required by 31 December 2015

Dear Clients

Private bodies PAIA (Promotion of Access to Information Act) manuals required by 31 December 2015

The Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000  require all juristic persons and all businesses, small to large as well as individuals and partnerships carrying on business to compile manuals on how to access their records.  These manuals must be submitted to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and must be available at the business offices.  Material changes in the manuals must also be updated regularly.

The Act specifies what information these manuals must contain and include inter alia

  • contact details
  • information that the business keeps in compliance with other legislation
  • a description of the subjects on which the private body holds records, and the categories of records held on each subject; 

Exemption of certain private bodies no longer applicable

The Minister of Justice has exempted certain private bodies in the past from compiling these manuals.  However this exemption is no longer applicable.  Therefore all businesses should review their submitted PAIA manuals and update where necessary. Private bodies, which were exempted, must now also submit their manuals by 31 December 2015.

We strongly recommend that all entities resubmit their manuals if they submitted the previous manual prior to December 2007, even if there is no changes to the manual.

We can assist you with compiling your manuals.  Our fees will be R750 (excl. VAT) per manual where all information is readily available.  Should you have more than 2 business/entities for which manuals must be prepared, we will reduce this fee to R500 (excl. VAT) per manual.  Please contact your client manager or partner to confirm assistance.  For ease of reference, their names and e-mail addresses are listed below:

Cedric Peterson            cedric@newtons-sa.co.za

Schalk Gouws               schalk@newtons-sa.co.za

Wayne Beelders            wayne@newtons-sa.co.za

Lucha Greyling              lucha@newtons-sa.co.za

Willie van der Merwe      willie@newtons-sa.co.za

Hannetjie Els                hannetjie@newtons-sa.co.za

Nelri Els                        nelri@newtons-sa.co.za

Janeske du Toit             janeske@newtons-sa.co.za

Heleen Scorrano           heleen@newtons-sa.co.za

Kind regards

Cedric Peterson

Managing Partner

NEWTONS

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied upon as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

MSI Global Alliance adds New York accounting firm

A2MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of independent legal and accounting firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of New York City based firm RSSM CPA LLP (RSSM) to its membership.

Established in 1956, RSSM is a full service firm offering a comprehensive range of accounting, auditing and tax services as well as consulting services. The firm was previously named one of the Top 25 CPA firms in the New York City metro area and ranked amongst the Top 100 Accounting and Consulting firms in the US by Accounting Today.

RSSM has extensive experience in diverse industries spanning construction, manufacturing, real estate, investment and insurance as well as technology, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit. Following a recent restructuring in the firm RSSM joins MSI to be able to meet growing client demands and to expand its international capabilities and resources.

Steven J. Eller, Executive Committee member and tax partner at RSSM said, “ As RSSM moves forward in 2015 and beyond with its new firm name, associated branding and marketing, we are excited to provide our clients the access to both the legal and accounting reach that MSI offers.”

MSI’s chief executive, Tim Wilson, commented, “RSSM is a perfect addition to MSI. They are a well-established, well known Manhattan-based firm with pan US and global interests. They have real ambition for the future and I know they will contribute greatly to MSI. I am really looking forward to working with them as we move forward.”

RSSM joins MSI with 11 partners and 90 staff.

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About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With over 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit www.msiglobal.org

 

MSI Global Alliance admits law firm in Portugal

A3MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of legal and accounting firms, has appointed law firm CNCM Sociedade de Advogados (CNCM) in Portugal to its membership. With locations in Porto and Lisbon, CNCM provides comprehensive legal services to clients throughout Portugal and beyond.

MSI’s chief executive, Tim Wilson, commented, “I am delighted CNCM have joined MSI Global Alliance. They are a highly professional firm of lawyers with strong Portuguese and international clients, and they will be a real asset to our organisation.”

A total of 14 professionals and three equity partners join MSI including Luísa Curado, Teresa Nogueira and Pedro da Costa Mendes, as well as Carla Malhão, industry partner, based in Porto. CNCM provides a wide range of legal services to businesses and individuals including business and corporate law, labour and tax law, litigation, IP, banking and financial services law, as well as mergers and acquisition services.

Pedro da Costa Mendes, partner at CNCM, said, “We are delighted to be part of such an exquisite group of firms and are eager to contribute to the network and assist fellow MSI members and their clients.”

CNCM was recently named “Leading Firm 2014” by the Legal 500 and recognised by Acquisition International as “Mid-Size Commercial Law Firm of the Year 2013”.

With the addition of CNCM, MSI Global Alliance now has 83 legal and accounting firm members across Europe.

About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With over 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit www.msiglobal.org

MSI Global Alliance (MSI)
London, 13 January 2015

 

 

 

 

MSI Global Alliance adds accounting firm in Romania

A4MSI Global Alliance, a leading international association of legal and accounting firms, is pleased to announce the appointment of accounting firm Contabilul Tău as its new member firm in Romania.

Established in 2007, Contabilul Tău provides a full range of accounting, tax and HR services as well as financial and business advisory services. The firm’s client base comprises domestic and international clients from a wide range of industries sectors including manufacturing, construction and transport with operations across the UK, Japan, Greece, Turkey, Poland, Italy, Cyprus and Macedonia.

Contabilul Tău’s managing partner, Otilia Raianu, said, “Romania is and has been a melting pot of emerging business possibilities. Choosing the right partner to embrace these opportunities is vital and joining MSI will place us in a strong position to do so. Not only will we be able to offer a wider range of services to our clients, but we will also have access to the knowledge and resources of MSI’s network of members and its capable professionals worldwide enabling us to better assist our clients.”

Tim Wilson, chief executive of MSI, commented, “I am delighted that Contabilul Tău is joining MSI. Not only are they a strong firm, which provides MSI with an additional presence in the increasingly important area of Eastern Europe, but they also have great ambition for business development throughout the region and globally. They are an excellent addition to our Alliance and I look forward to working with them.”

Contabilul Tău is based in Romania’s capital Bucharest.

About MSI Global Alliance

MSI is an international association of independent legal and accounting firms. With 240 carefully selected member firms in more than 100 countries, MSI is one of the world’s leading associations. MSI was formed in 1990 in response to the growing need for cross-border co-operation between professional services firms.

In 2013, MSI Global Alliance was awarded “Association of the Year” by the International Accounting Bulletin, the leading authority of the global accounting industry which regularly analyses firm performance and best practices. For more information on MSI and its member firms, please visit www.msiglobal.org

MSI Global Alliance (MSI)
London, 07 January 2015