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).


The one-year grace period given to South African organisations to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will not be extended, advocate Tlakula, chairperson of the Information Regulator, confirmed last week. This means businesses must ensure that they comply with POPIA by 1 July 2021.

As a business owner, you are likely to have been inundated by fear-inducing media reports confirming that businesses that are not compliant by the due date, regardless of whether it is intentional or accidental, will face severe penalties. POPIA indeed makes 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 punish but rather to establish good business governance principles with regards to the personal information that businesses deal with.

So, when planning your business’ POPIA compliance journey, keep the NIKE strapline in mind: Just Do It.

Contact Maryna Botha at for effective assistance.

If you want to find out more about compliance, read the posts referred to in this STBB Thought of the Week.

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