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PAIA Description for CMS Published

July 19, 2019

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

19 July 2019

The Council for Medical Scheme’s (CMS) description in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) of 2000 has been drawn up.

The justice and constitutional development department published the description in Government Gazette 42584.

It lists the category of records automatically available and the manner of access to records.

The list is drawn up in accordance with section 15 (2) of the act.

The section deals with the voluntary disclosure and automatic availability of certain records.

The list includes records available for inspection, purchasing, copying and free of charge.

Documents available for purchasing include medical schemes rules, annual financial statements and annual statutory returns.

A list of registered medical schemes and the CMS’s annual report are available free of charge.

Meanwhile, in Notice 387, the department has published the PAIA description for the South African Police Service.

The list includes records available for inspection, purchasing, copying and free of charge.

In Notice 388, the department published the PAIA description for the international relations and cooperation department.

Detail on records available for inspection, copying and free of charge is provided.

In a separate matter, the justice and constitutional development department has issued a statement seeking to clarify its position on the issue of donor funding for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Speaking during the department’s budget vote debate this week, the justice and correctional services minister, Ronald Lamola, indicated that “much more need to be done to resource the NPA to enable it to meet the demands for its services”.

The minister announced that the department will engage with national treasury on measures to adequately capacitate the NPA.

“As the Department will further engage the NPA and National Treasury to understand better the request and implications of private donor funding because as we leave no stone unturned to ensure all criminal cases are prosecuted, we will nonetheless endeavour to do nothing that will undermine the independence and integrity of prosecution in our courts.”

In the statement, the department emphasizes that donor funding to the NPA is not a foregone conclusion and the matter will be explored with treasury.

During a media briefing, the minister stressed that “any kind of funding that comes to the NPA should be insulated from the perception of any kind of capture of the NPA”.

The department pointed out that donor funding cannot be used to pay salaries of NPA staff.

“Transparent and carefully managed donor funding will support strategically important processes and capacities without replacing government funding for core operations and staff costs.”