Access to information


Section 51 Manual Promotion of Access to Information Act


A. Introduction
B. Particulars in terms of section 51 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act
  • Contact details
  • The section 10 Guide on how to use the Act
  • Records available in terms of any other legislation
  • Access to the records held by the private body in question
    • Information readily available, if applicable
    • Records that may be requested
    • The request procedures
  • Other information as may be prescribed
  • Availability of the manual


Questco was established in November 2002 by Peter North and Justin Pitt, who were both previously with RMB Resources, which is part of the corporate finance division of Rand Merchant Bank. In 2003, Morag McGarvie (also formerly with RMB Corporate Finance) and James Allan (formerly with Barnard Jacobs Mellett as a top rated diamond analyst) joined Questco.

The company provides finance advice to companies, whether listed or unlisted, blue chip or fledgling enterprises. We focus on the resource industry – mining, chemicals and oil and gas. We have a particular depth of experience in black empowerment transactions. Questco also offers debt advisory skills and expertise to its clients.


1. Contact details


2. The section 10 Guide on how to use the Act
The Guide will, according to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), be available for inspection at the offices of the SAHRC. Please direct any queries to:

The South African Human Rights Commission: PAIA Unit
The Research and Documentation Department

Postal address:
Private Bag 2700
South Africa

Telephone: +27 11 484-8300
Fax: +27 11 484-7146


3. Records available in terms of any other legislation

  • Attorneys Act
  • Basic Conditions of Employment No. 75 of 1997
  • Companies Act No. 61 of 1973
  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Health Diseases Act No.130 of 1993
  • Credit Agreements Act No. 75 of 1980
  • Debtor Collectors Act No. 114 of 1998
  • Employment Equity Act No. 55 of 1998
  • Income Tax Act No. 95 of 1967
  • Insolvency Act No. 24 of 1936
  • Labour Relations Act No. 66 of 1995
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act No. 85 of 1993
  • Pension Funds Act No. 24 of 1956
  • Regional Services Councils Act No. 109 of 1985
  • SA Reserve Bank Act No. 90 of 1989
  • Skills Development Levies Act No. 9 of 1999
  • Stamp Duties Act No. 77 of 1968
  • Stock Exchange Control Act No. 1 of 1985
  • Unemployment Insurance Act No. 63 of 2001
  • Usury Act No 73 of 1968
  • Value Added Tax Act No. 89 of 1991

4. Access to the records held by Questco (Proprietary) Limited

i. Information readily available

Not Applicable

ii. Records that may be requested:
  • Administration
    • Correspondence
    • List of directors
    • Statutory company records
    • Asset registers
  • Financial
    • Financial and tax records
    • Banking details
  • Human Resources
    • Employees records
    • Employment contracts
  • Operational
    • Register of clients
    • Specific types of work done and records related to it
iii. The request procedures:

Form of request:

  • The requester must use the prescribed form to make the request for access to a record. This must be made to the head of the private body. This request must be made to the address, fax number or electronic mail address of the body concerned.
  • The requester must provide sufficient detail on the request form to enable the head of the private body to identify the record and the requester. The requester should also indicate which form of access is required. The requester should also indicate if any other manner is to be used to inform the requester and state the necessary particulars to be so informed.
  • The requester must identify the right that is sought to be exercised or to be protected and provide an explanation of why the requested record is required for the exercise or protection of that right.
  • If a request is made on behalf of another person, the requester must then submit proof of the capacity in which the requester is making the request to the satisfaction of the head of the private body.

A requester who seeks access to a record containing personal information about that requester is not required to pay the request fee. Every other requester, who is not a personal requester, must pay the required request fee:

  • The head of the private body must notify the requester (other than a personal requester) by notice, requiring the requester to pay the prescribed fee (if any) before further processing the request.
  • The fee that the requester must pay to a private body is R50. The requester may lodge an application to the court against the tender or payment of the request fee.
  • After the head of the private body has made a decision on the request, the requester must be notified in the required form.
  • If the request is granted then a further access fee must be paid for the search, reproduction, preparation and for any time that has exceeded the prescribed hours to search and prepare the record for disclosure.

5. Other information as may be prescribed
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development has not made any regulations in this regard.

6. Availability of the manual
This manual is currently available to the general public on the Questco website at or for inspection during office hours at the offices of Questco (Pty) Ltd free of charge. Copies are also available from the offices of the South African Human Rights Commission.