Where are we with POPI
- May 2015, the Department of Justice and National Treasury approved the pay grade for members of the Information Regulator.
- Request was made to the National Assembly to commence with the appointment of members to the Information Regulator
- July 2015, the public was asked to submit nominations for appointment to the Information Regulator before the August 14th deadline
- R50 million has been budgeted for setting up the Information Regulator
- Members must be South African citizens and have both a qualification and experience in the protection of privacy and personal information. At least one member must be an attorney, advocate or professor of law
- The Information Regulator is expected to have 5 permanent members and will most likely located in Gauteng, South Africa
- This Information Regulator will also be mandated to enforce and regulate the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA), which commenced in 2001 to date.
- Once members are announced, the Information Regulator can go ahead with announcing the regulations allowed for in the Act. There is expected to be a 12 month grace period before compliance is mandatory and penalties can be awarded for non-compliance. Remember penalties can be very severe
- Once the Information Regulator is established, the President can decide on the commencement date and confirm the grace period.
As of this publication December 2015 the regulator has not been announced, and is expected mid 2016