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Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) effective from 1 July 2020.

President Ramaphosa recently announced that the most significant part of the long-awaited Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will become effective on 1 July 2020.

What you should know

• The POPIA affects how we collect and manage the personal information of, for instance, students, staff, and service providers.

• We anticipated the announcement and have been working over several years to prepare and to adapt the way we process personal information.

• In the weeks and months to come, we will share more details with you about how the Act impacts your environment.

• The University has until 30 June 2021 to become compliant with the POPIA.

For more about the University’s approach to privacy, go to our website. Alternatively, you can contact the Information Governance team on