POPIA Introduction Knowledge Session


We are here to help you with understanding what POPIA is all about and firmly believe that getting to grips with the basics, understanding why you need to comply and how POPIA may affect your business before diving head first into making changes, which may ultimately not be necessarily or suit your business operations, is vital.

Therefore we recommend that all organisations consider commencing their POPIA compliance journeys with our Introduction Knowledge Session.


Take a step back and let us help you understand the basics of POPIA first. The foundations you lay now will assist you on your POPIA compliance journey in the long term.

Skills session topic:

POPIA Introduction Knowledge Session – Sowing the Seeds of Compliance

Cost of session:

R2 300 per attendee (VAT excluded)

Learning Outcomes:

The following outcomes will be dealt with in greater detail from a “high-level” overview perspective and enable face-to-face interaction and question sharing:

  • What is POPIA?
  • What does POPIA aim to do?
  • Why do I need to protect personal information?
  • Why do I need to comply with POPIA? Penalties for non-compliance
  • Who is who in respect of POPIA? Important terms and key role players
  • Who is the Information Regulator?
  • Who is the Information Officer?
  • Does POPIA apply to my business?
  • Conditions for lawful processing of personal information
  • POPIA has commenced – now what:
    • Guidance steps on a POPIA compliance journey
    • Where to start?
  • How we can help you comply
Why attend the session?

POPIA has commenced on 1 July 2020 and organisations now have less than 12 months to comply. The deadline is 30 June 2021.  You do not want to go in “guns-blazing” but rather have a clear understanding of what POPIA is and how it may impact your business. Therefore as a point of departure, having a high-level awareness of what POPIA is, what it requires, who are the key role players and apply this information to your own organisation, is crucial in helping you decide what your next steps are going to be.

Apart from needing to comply with POPIA, the Act also requires entities to undergo regular training to ensure that they are meeting their obligations and addressing the potential non-compliant risks they may have. We believe therefore that this session is a good place to start for the decision-makers in a business.

Who should attend the session?

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” – John C. Maxwell.

In order to get to grips of how POPIA may impact your organisation and what you need to think of, you will first need to have an understanding  of what POPIA regulates and therefore, the “commander-in-chief” needs to buy-in to the idea of needing to comply.

At the end of the day knowledge is power, but diving in at the deep end (in other words training every single staff member and implementing large scale business operational changes without thought) is a recipe for disaster.

Rather we believe that it is absolutely essential, from an effective management and governance perspective, that the leaders of the organisation take the time to understand what POPIA compliance actually means for their operations before blindly implementing compliance mechanisms. Once this exercise has been done, these “go-to-persons” of the organisation will then be better equipped to apply what they have learnt and begin formulating a workable plan as to what ultimately needs to happen and change, to ensure the organisation’s POPIA compliance project is successful.

Therefore the leaders in any organisation may typically be and who should, in our view, attend this introduction session are:

  • The C-Suite – these are the decision makers, board members and partners
  • HR Executives / Management
  • Company Secretariats
  • Internal Legal or compliances teams


Duration and location:
  • The session can either be held at our offices (Brooklyn, Pretoria) (we have capacity for a maximum of 1 – 10 persons) or online via video conferencing. The organisation to provide its preferred method of presentation.
  • The duration of the session is 2,5 – 3 hours maximum, with a brief tea interval and allocated time for Q&As.

Once we have received the intended number of persons who will attend the session, together with each of their names, surnames and email addresses we shall provide 3 available dates for the session to be held.


Upon confirmation of session booking, our invoice shall be dispatched for payment to be made prior to the date of session.

Training session material:

We will provide all material in connection with the session to be presented.


The training is offered in English.

Other need-to-knows:

Specific topic training:

  • Apart from the above, our in-house/face-to-face training offerings also include “topic-specific” modules which we recommend can be considered by an organisation after the introduction overview session has been completed and the decision-makers of the organisation have a better understanding of what they may need to focus on.

Self-assessment online training:

  • The above relates to our “face-to-face” training offerings and if an entity prefers self-learning options then we do offer four Online training courses (through our partnership with Succeed’s Online Academy) and which can be accessed through www.popipack.co.za . Two of the courses are specifically centred around the POPIA namely “POPI Basics” and “POPI Advanced”. The former aimed at persons involved with the collection of personal information in a business environment and staff who want to know more about the different role players of POPIA and the pillars of compliance, and the latter providing extensive knowledge on the subject for learners with 5-10 years’ workplace experience and who fully competent professionals are.  If the courses are purchased using our promo code “VDT25”, a 25% discount is provided. Our Partners Succeed are also open to offering a discounted Corporate Solution for large entities looking to train 100 people or more.

*Please take note that VDT’s training POPIA knowledge sessions are not accredited and/or affiliated with any higher education or skills development authority or institution. The skills development sessions are planned and presented internally and aim to provide applicable information regarding a particular topic presented and equip attendees with valuable skills which may assist them in further decision making.