Managing POPIA


Moonstone Business School of Excellence (MBSE) offers a comprehensive three-module online training course for executives or management to effectively govern the application of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) within their organisations.

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The main objective of this course is to equip management with a comprehensive understanding of POPIA so that they can identify the changes that are needed in the organisation to be compliant with POPIA. Another objective is to outline the role, duties, and appointment process of the information officer to further ensure POPIA is applied and maintained throughout the organisation. Lastly, the course aims to raise awareness of the differences of applying POPIA and the GDPR which also includes the requirements for cross-border transfers and direct marketing under POPIA.


After completing this course, you will have an understanding of:

  1. the purpose of POPIA;
  2. to whom POPIA applies and how it is enforced;
  3. personal and special information and how organisations should process information relating to children;
  4. rights of data subjects;
  5. who is accountable under POPIA;
  6. the data protection principles and the organisation’s responsibilities to ensure compliance with POPIA;
  7. the consequences of not complying with POPIA;
  8. the duties and responsibilities of the information officer and what must be considered when determining the appointment of the information officer;
  9. the powers and duties of the Information Regulator;
  10. the relevant foreign laws (such as the GDPR) and how to recognise the incidents when foreign law data protection principles are applicable to South African organisations; and
  11. POPIA’s requirements for cross-border transfers and direct marketing.


Executives and managers of organisations who must ensure the organisation is compliant with POPIA and/or who needs to appoint an Information Officer for the organisation.

No admission requirements.

Students can register online at any time.

Students will receive confirmation of registration and be allowed access to the learning material, once the required payment for the course has been made.

After studying the material, the student will complete the Final Assessment online.

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Online learning
Learning material will be made available on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Interactive, online learning material has been developed by an industry expert according to industry requirements.

Module 1 – Introduction to POPIA
This module provides an overview of the rationale and aims of POPIA. The module also analyses the application of POPIA and the rights of data subjects. Furthermore, the module provides an explanation on what is meant by personal and special personal information and who is accountable under POPIA. It concludes with the eight data protection principles of processing personal information under POPIA and how these principles can be applied in an organisation.

Module 2 – The role of the Information Officer and the powers of the Information Regulator
This module examines the role, duties, and capabilities required of the Information Officer to ensure compliance with POPIA as well as how to appoint and register an information officer for your organisation. The module further discusses the powers and duties of the Information Regulator.

Module 3 – International concerns and direct marketing
This module provides an overview of the important sections of the GDPR and their implications for South African organisations including the requirements for cross-border transfers and direct marketing under POPIA. The module concludes with a comparative overview of the important differences and similarities between POPIA and the GDPR.

Assessments are done online. Students have unlimited Self-Assessment attempts and two Final Assessment Attempts.

Students will receive a Digital Certificate of Completion once the Final Assessment has been successfully completed. A pass mark of 60% is required for the Final Assessment..


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