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Kgabo Mashalane is a South African qualified lawyer in the anti-corruption and compliance practice, with experience advising on market entry considerations, research on anti-corruption and bribery in Senegal, Mauritania, and Ghana. She has advised international clients on lobbying compliance laws in South Africa in interactions with members of government, parliament, and other authorities. She also has experience working on infrastructure and renewable energy projects and corporate transactions across Africa and the Middle East, having practiced in the project finance and development practice at Covington. Ms. Mashalane's experience includes corporate transactions (including mergers and acquisitions) relating to the international energy and infrastructure projects and advisory experience in the financing of transport in South Africa.

In Episode 12 of our Inside Privacy Audiocast, together with special guest Advocate Pansy Tlakula, Chairperson of the Information Regulator of South Africa, we discussed the Information Regulator’s mandate and the implementation of data protection legislation in South Africa.  Now, with less than a month to go before South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (“POPIA”) takes full effect on July 1, 2021, it is critical for organizations operating in South Africa to ensure that they are ready, if and when the Information Regulator comes knocking.

It is only when organizations start their POPIA journey that they realize just how wide the POPIA net is cast, and that very few businesses fall outside of its reach.  The road to POPIA compliance should be viewed as a marathon, and not a sprint.  While implementing and maintaining an effective POPIA compliance program will take continued effort and resources well beyond the July 1, 2021 go-live date, here we outline five steps to which companies subject to POPIA should give their attention in the short term.


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