Protection of Personal Information at Unisa

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), No. 4 of 2013 promotes the protection of personal information by public and private bodies, UNISA included. The Act was signed into law by the President of South Africa on 19 November 2013 and published in the Government Gazette Notice 37067 on 26 November 2013. On the 22 June 2020, the President announced that the effective date of POPIA is 01 July 2020 and he has given all organisations a grace period of one year from 01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021 to get their processes and systems aligned with the conditions and requirements of POPIA.

In UNISA’s context, the POPIA significantly affects the manner in which we collect, store/archive, use, share and destroy personal information of our students, alumni, employees, service providers, donors, council members, researchers, authors and community engagement members. The Act balances the legitimate needs of UNISA to collect and use personal information for business and strategic purposes against the right of individuals to privacy.

Below is our Privacy Statement defining how we collect and use your personal information, disclosure and transfer of your personal information, information security measures over your personal information and your rights as prescribed by POPIA. We have also attached below the Personal Information Inventory Lists stating the personal information we collect and process.

Inventory List

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Any PoPI related queries, questions and/or complaints can be kindly directed to the:

Directorate: Institutional Information
Contact Person: Director: Ms Mashamaite Peterlia Ramutsheli
Office of the Deputy Registrar: Governance
Contact Number: (012) 352 4044
E-mail Address: ramutmp@unisa.ac.za

Last modified: 2023/08/07