Professor Peter,J., Lor. Former IFLA Secretary General: "Former South African President Thabo Mbeki proclaimed the 21st century as the "African Century", expressing a belief that in this century Africa will embark on a new trajectory of peace, stability and prosperity. Without a democratic culture this will remain a pipe dream. Opening up the actions of African governments to public scrutiny is a key ingredient for transparency, good governance and a healthy business climate. The right to information legislation discussed in this thesis, if enacted and implemented successfully, can be an important building block for democracy."