Free POPI Training for Small Business Owners

Introducing the Concepts and Problems of POPI

The Protection of Personal Information Act goes Live on July 1, 2021.


POPI applies to every business in SA, no matter how tiny

  1. Fines ranging up to R10 million...
  2. Jail time ranging up to 10 years...
  3. And huge costs to deal with the fallout from any exposure of the data you use in your business.

This new law demands you set up "reasonable" safeguards to protect the information you hold against theft, loss, and hacking.

It does not matter if it's lost, stolen or hacked.

This new law applies to each person or business that stores any information about clients, employees, suppliers, pupils, members, patients, ...

Free Training for Small-Business Owners

When you've completed this short online course, you'll know:

  • Who this Act applies to,
  • What it covers,
  • Why it is important,
  • What you can ignore,
  • What a data subject is and why this is important,
  • What processing means and how much of it you do,
  • Who is accountable in a small business, and what it will cost,
  • What will happen to email marketing when this Act goes live,
  • What a data breach is and how it will close your business,
  • Where your weakest links are in complying with this new law.

This course covers what you can expect from an offline seminar costing R2000.

  • Start right now.
  • Ask questions as you progress.
  • Access this course from your PC, tablet or phone.
  • Anyone in your firm can enrol for the same price - FREE.
  • You get lifetime access.

How will the government police this Act?

Free POPI Training for Small BusinessGovernment does not need huge resources to police the Act. Or to check whether your business complies or not. They've solved this by making it self-policing. If you lose data, you must report it yourself.

Consider what you must report to the Information Regulator.

Anything containing or allowing access to customer or employee or supplier data:

  • a lost or stolen laptop/PC,
  • a lost or stolen mobile phone,
  • a lost or stolen memory stick,
  • a lost or stolen backup disk,
  • a compromised password to apps holding data about your customers, employees, or suppliers,
  • and many more...
You must report each event to the Information Regulator. And then you must prove you've complied with the POPI Act.

Failing to prove this leads to immense admin, big fines, and even prison time.

That's on top of the costs of fixing the problem after the event.

This free course outlines the problems we small businesses face.

Knowing the problems is the first step toward compliance. (How can we know what to solve if we don't know what the problems are?)

About your Presenter

I'm Peter Carruthers.

I've helped more than 50,000 small-business owners prosper despite their business challenges.

This was via thousands of individual consultations and hundreds of live seminars.

I've produced dozens of courses since I took all my business efforts online in 2004. I've presented thousands of live webinars. I still consult each day with individual business owners.

In 2005 I wrote the world's best-selling book on surviving business closure. It's called CrashProof your Business.

The book was the result of closing South Africa's third-most admired IT supplier in 1992. This was in the run-up to the '94 elections when we all feared civil war.

I lost everything. And then some. I came out of the experience with an intense need to find out where I went wrong. And then to share that knowledge.

I have more than 5000 students online. And more than 1000 on this POPI course.

You're in safe hands.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

Still not sure?

Free POPI Training for Small BusinessMore than 1,000 small-business owners have already taken this foundation course.

Every small-business must comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Nearly all the available training is expensive. It's offline, so it needs venues and live presenters. Both are expensive. As is your cost and time to get to those venues.

Almost all prevailing training focuses on bigger firms. They face more complex problems than we do. (And they have much more money to spend on solving them.)

This free online course will show you the obstacles each small business faces. You'll learn enough to make much better choices to resolve your own POPI challenge.

A few of the comments received so far...

  • David - I like the way you simplify the subject. I recommend everyone to go through your training course.
  • Benneth - This information is gold. Wow!! Thank you for highlighting stuff we normally overlook. This will certainly make me aware on how to safeguard my personal and my clients information.
  • Nico - I never realized this is whats going on in the world. Very eye-opening info.
  • Thembi - Very shocking and scary. Thank you for another informative section.
  • Daniel - Wow, I am learning a lot.
  • Andile - Very useful and empowering info on how to secure digital communication.
  • Leon - Lots of information which I did not think I had to know about but clearly this is for us all.
  • Nditsheni - POPI Act is deeper than what I thought it was.
  • Estelle - Am finding this tutorial very interesting and extremely well presented.
  • Selwyn - It was very useful with valuable information.
  • Kenneth - This very informative, keeps me on the loop of things, I enjoy it.
  • Hope - So informative and an eye opener. I really appreciate this.
  • Hennie - Thank you this was a huge eye opener Peter.

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