Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Thought of the Week | Register your POPIA information officer within 3 weeks

Last week the Information Regulator published the Guidelines for Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers. These guidelines include instructions on how to register your business’ Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) Information Officer with the Information Regulator. Registration starts from 1 May 2021 onwards.

The Guidance Note also provides more details regarding the responsibilities and liabilities (including possible criminal liability) of the Information Officer and who may fulfil this position. Notably, for non-government entities, the Information Officer must be an employee of the entity at an executive level or equivalent position at management level.

Many businesses are still postponing the inevitable need to obtain assistance with the implementation of their POPIA compliance. However, as the 1 July 2021 POPIA compliance date deadline looms,  now is a good time to be chipping away at your business’ POPIA plans. This includes nominating and  registering your POPIA Information Officer and investigating whether you may appoint deputies or third parties to assist, amongst other things.

Read more on POPIA here or contact us at or to make sure you are compliant come 1 July 2021.

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