Facilitator: Dr Ronica Ramsout is an experienced information systems manager and has worked in the Higher Education sector for the past decade. She has played a key role in institutional projects working towards compliance with international and national data privacy laws. She holds a PhD (Chemistry) and BCom Honours (Management of Information Systems) from the University of Cape Town.


Target Group: Research students, principal investigators and members of research ethics committees.


Background: The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) came into effect on 01 July 2021 and impacts on all organisational activities. Therefore, staff, students and researchers must treat personal information of all data subjects with due consideration when performing their duties. This workshop will focus on what POPIA means for research and researchers.


Course Info:

  • An overview of POPIA - An introductory session on POPIA: what are data subjects, what counts as personal information, when does POPIA apply, identifying risk, what is the role of an information officer and the information regulator.
  • The impact of POPIA on research - This session looks at how to balance the right to privacy against public interest in research activities. A look at the ASSAf Code of Conduct (CoC) for research.
  • Research methods and POPIA - How to make your research POPIA compliant – capturing consent, anonymising data, the principle of minimality when collecting data, data storage and records management. The roles of ethics committees.
  • POPIA risk management - Data breaches happen. Some say that POPIA compliance is all about risk management. Let’s discuss conscious incompetence and look simple behavioural changes that can help to secure personal information.
  • Change management best practices applied to POPIA and research - A crash course on a change management framework that can be applied when implementing changes required by POPIA.
  • Processing special personal information - What counts as special personal information. Consent and authorisations that may apply and how to obtain it.
  • Sharing data with international partners - Identifying responsible parties. What the red flags are. Data share agreements.


If you would like to attend the workshop above, please complete the following form and submit, after which you will receive an email indicating receipt of the form.

Kindly note that submitting a registration form is not confirmation that you have been included as a participant for this workshop.

The status of your registration will be communicated via email once registration has closed.








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The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPI Act) has been promulgated and implemented on 1 July 2020. All personal identifiable information provided by you shall be treated in accordance with this statute and only used for academic and academic administration purposes, as indicated by the University Privacy Policy. I hereby provide consent for use of all my personal identifiable information provided to the University for the aforesaid purposes.

This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

9-10 May 2023


To be confirmed

Registration is open (online form available on this page).


Enquiries: Jadine Januarie