Understanding what media to shred is vital to ensure that you comply with the relevant legislation. Despite the changes in digital media, paper is still being printed and used in the majority of South African companies. Ensuring that confidential documents are securely shredded is vital to mitigate against the risk of privacy and security breaches. Mastershred Confidential Document Shredding can help your business shred your paper waste confidentially on-site through our network of mobile shredding vehicles.

Protecting the security and privacy of your printed materials is our number one priority and we are committed to 100% customer satisfaction. Document protection remains at the heart of all major Compliance and Privacy standards here in South Africa. It’s not just common sense now – secure document disposal is a fundamental part of the law.

Mastershred Confidential Document Shredding aims to keep you fully compliant with the Data Protection Acts by keeping your confidential information about customers, contracts and staff secure. We shred it on-site or off-site and give you a Certificate of Destruction for peace of mind.

It is amazing how many employees don’t know what type of waste should be disposed of securely. Auditing your paper waste bins will give you an immediate understanding of how well your company is doing. Company reports, payroll data, invoices and customer data are all familiar examples of the type of waste that is just being thrown out. Often sensitive information is simply thrown in the bin by employees who don’t understand the importance of confidentiality and data protection. Understanding what information to shred is vitally important. Under South African law, businesses of all sizes must handle sensitive data in a responsible way. As part of this law, all unwanted confidential documentation must be destroyed without any risk of data breach. Here’s our list to help you on your way:

What to shred?

Most businesses generate a fair amount of paperwork throughout the course of an average month. The specifics will, of course, depend on the type of business you are in, but in general anything which contains information about an individual or a company may well be of interest to an identity thief. Protect your employees, patients, customers, suppliers and your business by disposing of the following in a safe and secure way:


  • Purchase Orders
  • Supplier Records
  • Confidential Information
  • Corporate Records Supplier Data

R & D

  • Technical Drawings
  • Product Plans
  • Feedback Reports
  • Formulas and Experiment Testing
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Reports


  • Business Plans
  • Strategic Reports
  • Contracts
  • Budget Reports
  • Printed Emails
  • Staffing Information
  • Management Accounts

Business Development Documentation

  • Company proposals
  • Product development
  • Research information
  • Specification drawings
  • Strategy documentation
  • Meeting minutes
  • Training information
  • Internal reports and correspondence
  • Supplier information
  • Purchase orders
  • Budget data


  • Training Information
  • Contracts & Sales
  • Memorandums
  • Sales and Service information
  • Health and Safety information
  • Appraisals and Staff Documentation
  • Information Technology Audits
  • Marketing Information
  • Work Reports
  • Monitoring Information

HR Information

  • Appraisals
  • Payroll Information
  • Disciplinary Hearings
  • Tribunal Documentation
  • Medical records
  • Financial Audits
  • Book Keeping Reports
  • Accountants Logs and Management Accounts
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies

Sales & Marketing

  • Contracts
  • NDAs and Agreements
  • Advertising Literature
  • Training Information
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Sales Records Sheets
  • Customer Data


  • Print-outs of emails
  • Desk memos
  • Telephone messages
  • Old diary pages
  • Meeting notes

What not to shred?

We can only shred paper items. Please do not include any of the following in your secure console:

  • Metal items
  • Sharp objects
  • Batteries
  • Toner cartridges
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Food Pressurised containers
  • Glassware

All waste paper collected by Mastershred Confidential Document Shredding will be securely shredded and then recycled. Each cabinet you fill saves half a tree, so your contribution can really make a difference. Contact MasterShred today on 082 906 0485 or 082 497 4714 to find out more.