The Information Regulator of South Africa is being created to enforce the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act as well as PIAI (Promotion of Access to Information) Act.  It has authority to investigate and fine responsible parties for breaches of the POPI Act.  It reports to Parliament.  As of the 7th September 2016,  the South African National Assembly voted in favour of the appointment of the Information Regulator for POPI and PAIA and Parliament voted for the five nominated candidates to run the newly-formed office of the Information Regulator.

When does the POPI Act go live?

The key question is when will POPI Act be fully enacted and has a date been set?  The sections of the Act that relate to the Information Regulator have already commenced.  Given the above recent developments of September 2016, full enactment is now rumoured to be May 2017, and factoring the one-year grace period, means May 2018 should be targeted as the period companies now need to work towards full compliance.  Whilst this may change, the nomination of staff for the Information Regulator is a key development and companies should now start to begin the process (if not already) of devising their POPI strategy, appointing officers and begin the process of auditing for compliance gaps.

What should I do about POPI?

If you have not done so already, it would be prudent to begin devoting effort to your POPI Act compliance strategy.  The Act applies to ALL companies in South Africa.  In response to this this, Complexus developed POPICheck, an App that audits, reports, corrects & tracks your compliance all in one conveneint place.  POPICheck is a SharePoint App that plugs into your existing SharePoint platform and allows you to rapidly perform an audit and generate corrective actions for improving your compliance with POPI.  We also offer a hosted version of the App for clients who do not have SharePoint in their business.

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Benefits of POPICheck

  • Kick starts your journey towards POPI compliance
  • Ease of deployment with minimal training
  • Plain English, easy to follow assessments
  • 60 minutes to complete one audit and generate your report
  • Assess multiple departments across your Enterprise in one easy to use interface that works on PC and mobile devices
  • Concise summary reports help shape decisions using prioritized corrective actions
  • Best practice built in, so reduces reliance on external consultants
  • Works with SharePoint, O365 with option of hosted service


About Complexus

Complexus is a Microsoft Gold Certified SharePoint and Office 365 consultancy operating out of Cape Town & Johannesburg. Complexus has grown to become a leading SharePoint and Office 365 service provider with a reputation for innovation in Enterprise Collaboration, Productivity, Strategy, Advisory, Managed Support, SharePoint and Office 365 App development. The Complexus Product and Service portfolio is aimed at organisation’s seeking to collaborate more effectively and gain a greater return on their investment in the Microsoft SharePoint & Office 365 platforms. Complexus is also a member of the prestigious Microsoft Business Critical SharePoint Partner Program.  Complexus is a First Technology Group company.  Contact us today: +27 8713 52942   Learn more at