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Promotion Of Access To Information ACT Quiz

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This short quiz on the Promotion of Access to Information Act has been created to test your knowledge on lessons learned from the Open Journalism Workshop of the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

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  • 1. 
    What is South Africa's access to information law called?
    • A. 

      The Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

    • B. 

      The Freedom of Information Act.

    • C. 

      The Promotion of Access to Information Act.

    • D. 

      The Right to Know Act.

  • 2. 
    If you want to make an access to information request to a PRIVATE body, you should fill out a:
    • A. 

      Form A

    • B. 

      Form B

    • C. 

      Form C

    • D. 

      None of the above.

  • 3. 
    Which of these is not a method by which you can send your access to information request, in terms of the law?
    • A. 

      By post.

    • B. 

      By email.

    • C. 

      By carrier pigeon.

    • D. 

      By fax.

  • 4. 
    You can submit an internal appeal if an Information Officer has simply refused to reply to your request within the prescribed time (this is also known as a deemed refusal).
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    How many days does as an Information Officer have to answer your request for information?
    • A. 

      30 days.

    • B. 

      15 days.

    • C. 

      Indefinitely.

    • D. 

      45 days.

  • 6. 
    If any of the exemption grounds under the Act exist, the Information Officer must always refuse access to that information.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    You have a right of access to the information of a PRIVATE body, if that information is needed for the exercise or protection of any of your other rights.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    What is the value of access to information?
    • A. 

      It is a fundamental right.

    • B. 

      It helps facilitate your rights.

    • C. 

      It directly improves government accountability and transparency.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 9. 
    The Information Officer to whom you send your request if it is a PUBLIC body request is ordinarily:
    • A. 

      The political head of the organisation.

    • B. 

      The Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

    • C. 

      The administrative head of the organisation.

  • 10. 
    The United Kingdom's access to information law was used by journalists to break which major news story?
    • A. 

      The Nkandla Gate Scandal concerning expensive upgrades to President Zuma's homestead.

    • B. 

      The MP Expenses Scandal concerning mis-expenditure by members of the British Parliament

    • C. 

      The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge.