Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA)

Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and
Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) (Webinar)

23 and 24 October 2023 | 13:00 – 16:00
Protection of Personal Information is mandatory for all responsible parties processing personal information. In turn access to information facilitates transparency and accountability.About this webinar

The Act was signed into law on the 19th November 2013 and on the 1st July 2020, President Ramaphosa, by way of Proclamation implemented the remaining provisions namely ss 2 to 38; ss 55 to 109; s 111; and s 114 (1), (2) and (3), and ss 110 and 114(4). According to s 114(1) all forms of processing of personal information must, ‘within one year after the commencement of the section’, be made to conform to the Act. On the 1st of July 2021 the POPIA was fully brought into operation by way of Presidential Proclamation.

The phrase ‘data breach’ is the common denominator between large entities and actors. Data breaches serve as one example of the privacy and cybersecurity concerns tackled by POPIA. This webinar is designed to provide useful insights on the rights, duties and obligations of responsible parties, operators, and data subjects. The webinar incorporates an expert take on the role of the Information Regulator, which is the custodian of the Act, as well as a basic understanding of the eight conditions for the lawful processing of personal information.

Greater benefit will be derived from the webinar by participants who have done pre- reading on this subject matter . The amendments to the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 have also resulted in the Information Regulator being responsible for adjudicating disputes pertaining to access to information. This webinar will refer to jurisprudence laid down by our Courts pertaining to requests for access to information.

The programme will include:

  • An introduction to the rationale underpinning the concepts in the POPIA.
  • Key terms and definitions to identify various stakeholders.
  • Rights of Data Subjects
  • The 8 (eight) Conditions for Processing Personal information.
  • The importance of implementing Security Safeguards.
  • The rights of Data Subjects and the obligations of responsible parties.
  • Conditions for the lawful processing of personal information.
  • Exclusions and exemptions to the POPIA
  • Information Officers (Duties and Responsibilities)
  • Special personal information and exemptions thereto
  • Regulation of SPAM and Prohibition of Automated discussion making
  • Cross-border Sharing of Personal Information
  • Amendments brought about by POPIA on the PAIA
  • Under what circumstances can a request be denied
  • When must a request for access to information be acceded to\
  • Costs relating to Access of the Record
  • Enforcement Mechanisms in POPIA and PAIA, offences, penalties, and administrative fines

At the end of this training, attendees should have a basic understanding of the role to be played by both pieces of Legislation in safeguarding the right to privacy and the importance of data protection in the processing of personal information within their respective industries and environments, while also promoting the spirit of access to information to ensure transparency and accountability.

Benefits of attending

The webinar, therefore, poises attendees for all the latest information relating to legal compliance of data protection laws with practical examples of the application of the laws to present day scenarios.

Prof Sizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze holds a Baccalaureus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria with Tax Law and Cyberlaw electives and an LLM degree from Unisa. He is a practising legal practitioner with the law firm, Snail Attorneys at Law, as well as International Co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention (ACCP) based at NMU. Sizwe is an Adjunct Professor in the Mercantile Law Department of Nelson Mandela University (NMU) Law Faculty.
Prof Snail is the author of various articles on cyber law in accredited and non-accredited journals both locally and internationally. He has given lectures for the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, University of Johannesburg, Fort Hare University and University of Pretoria and comments on Cyber Law in various South African newspapers and Radio Talk Shows. He presents papers and attends both local and international conferences. He is co-editor and author of the third Edition (2012) and Fourth Edition (2021) of Cyberlaw@SA.

Prof Snail has served as a member on the ICT REVIEW Panel of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), serving as the Chairperson of the E-commerce Committee (Digital Society as renamed). He currently serves on the National Cyber Security advisory Counsel of the DPTS, was member of inaugural South African Information Regulators (2016-2021) and has served as Chairperson for the LSSA, E-Law Committee (2013 – 2020). He is a co-founding member of the Annual Cyberlaw Conference and the Annual Lex-Informatica (2008 – 2020 a WASPA Adjudicator (2008 – 2016) and a Research Fellow in the field of Cyberlaw with the University of Fort Hare since 2014. He is on the Advisory Board for CyberBrics – FGV University Brazil since 2019 and has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the FGV-CTS University, Rio de Janero, Brazil since 2022.

Dates and times

23 and 24 October 2023 | 13:00 – 16:00

Closing date for registrations: 20 October 2023

Note: Kindly note that this webinar might run over the scheduled time.  Please do not arrange any other appointments for at least 30 minutes after the scheduled closing time.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to attendees who complete the training.

Who should register?

This webinar is of benefit to key players across various industries including, but not limited to, banking and finance; technology; academic institutions; the legal profession; marketing, auditing and risk management firms; data brokers; information technology specialists; mobile network operators; human resources; information centre management. The webinar is of benefit to all individuals..

Cost of the webinar

Practising legal practitioners and other staff from firms: R 1 420 per person.
Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 190 per person.

Confirmation of attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Register as soon as possible to secure your space.

How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there are limited places available. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. You are required to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 – (Online registration form).LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: POPI, your name, surname



Once you have registered to participate, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that we have received your registration documentation.  Twenty-four hours before the course starts, you will receive an e-mail with the link to the course (Microsoft Teams) as well as your course material . Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully. If you do not receive this said email, please check your Spam / Junk folder, or kindly contact Bettie Lubbe on or Tel No (012) 441 4670, the day before the course start.  Attendees must ensure that they have access to MS Teams well in advance. Kindly test your link as soon as you get it.

For more information about this webinar contact Bettie Lubbe:

Email: or contact Bettie on 012 441 4670

Please take note

  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The course is conducted in English only.
  • The course will be delivered through MS TEAMS. Please ensure that you have MS TEAMS installed on your computer prior to the commencement of the course.
  • You will receive the material as well as the link to the course via email, +-24 hours before commencement of the course.  If you do not receive the said email, look in your junk mail folder. If it is not there, contact Bettie Lubbe on
  • No cancellations will be accepted after the course material and link have been shared. Participants who do not cancel timeously and/or fail to attend the webinar will forfeit the amount paid towards this course.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, you need to do so in writing before the course link and material are shared. No cancelation will be accepted after it has been made available and failure to comply with this will result in the full fee being charged.
  • LEAD might record the course for QA purposes. According to Company policy and copyright protection, recordings or the PowerPoint presentation will not be made available after the course.
  • LSSA/LEAD shall have the right in its sole discretion to postpone or cancel tuition in any programme initially advertised and offered based on insufficient demand. Should LSSA/LEAD cancel the proposed training, registered delegates will be given reasonable notice of the cancellation and all fees paid by the delegate will be refunded.

Course Dates

Cost of the webinar

Practising legal practitioners and other staff from firms: R 1 420 per person.
Non-practising legal practitioners/others: R 2 190 per person.


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