Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town offices of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer with many years of experience in the field of property law and conveyancing. She is also the firm's Marketing Director and attends to external publications for the firm as well as conducts ongoing training for estate agent and bankers training and is a regular seminar presenter for attorneys and property practitioners.

Thought of the Week | POPIA is here to stay. And immediate action is crucial.

For many businesses, complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has become that “monster under the bed”, almost paralysing them from implementing the necessary.

POPIA  is less of a monster than current trends make it out to be. In most basic terms, it requires businesses and organisations to put their best efforts in place, or at the very least to be working towards it, to ensure that the data they collect of clients, is dealt with in a way that secures the privacy thereof, within the requirements of the relevant business transaction.

POPIA does indeed make provision for fines of up to R10 million and a jail sentence of up to 10 years, depending on the seriousness of the breach; but POPIA’s aim is not to penalize but rather to convince businesses to establish good business governance principles with regards to the personal information that they deal with. Take the prompt from Barack Obama’s words: “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.”

Contact Maryna Botha at  for effective assistance with POPIA requirements. Or, if you want to find out more about complying with POPIA, read the posts referred to in this STBB Thought of the Week.