POPI Seminar: Pansy Tlakula, the Information Regulator Explains What You Need to Know – first hand.

 The Information Regulator (IR) of South Africa has published the Guidance Note for the registration of Information Officers (IOs) and Deputy Information Officers (DIOs), in order to ensure proper understanding of the legislative requirements.

 The Guidance Note is available on the IR’s website. The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) prescribes compulsory requirements for the registration of Information Officers (IOs) with the IR. 

SEIFSA will host a Seminar where Ms Pansy Tlakula will explain the guidance note and engage with your questions as she engages directly with people in the metals and engineering industry. 

The existing IOs under the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA) will have to register once the IR as started the registration process. It is the duty of the responsible parties and their IOs to ensure strict compliance with the relevant provisions of the POPIA and PAIA and respective regulations under the above-mentioned legislation.

 The IR is developing an online portal for the registration of IOs which is at an advanced stage and it is expected to be live by the end of April 2021. Accordingly, the registration of IOs and/or DIOs is expected to commence on 1 May 2021. In order to speed up the registration process, responsible parties are encouraged to submit their applications for registration through the online registration portal. 

The presenter

Louwressè Specht is SEIFSA’s Acting Industrial Relations and Legal Services Executive. She holds an LLB from the North West University and an MBA from North West University Business School. She was previously employed as group legal counsel in the road freight, logistics and commodity trading industry, where her duties included compliance management, IR management, employment law matters, commercial law matters and company secretarial duties. She has also practised as an attorney, specialising in corporate law, commercial litigation and trial advocacy.


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