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Popia holds no fear for South African organisations



After years of waiting for the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) to become law, many organisations are confident that they will meet its onerous regulations by the deadline.

The act came into force at the beginning of July, and gives companies until June next year to be fully compliant. Most participants in a recent TechCentral C-Suite roundtable on Popia — sponsored by Micro Focus and VIC IT — were confident that they’re already far along the journey.

The act sets out strict rules governing what organisations can and can’t do with information about their customers. It obliges them to take responsibility for it, and to use it only as needed, with heavy penalties for any breaches.

Old Mutual didn’t need this new law to make it take privacy seriously, said Magan Naidoo, its head of data and information management. “We’ve always taken a responsible business attitude and haven’t waited for Popia. We’ve always had a privacy policy across the enterprise that covers our businesses in South Africa and outside South Africa,” he said. “Brand damage to a company like Old Mutual cannot be counted — it would be catastrophic. We have processes, teams and protocols in place already as standard practices for breaches and privacy issues.”

Magan Naidoo

A group-wide data protection team ensured that Old Mutual as a whole was compliant and had the necessary teams, policies and technology in place, he said. Each business unit also had its own information security officers, so Old Mutual was covered horizontally and vertically to ensure there were no gaps, he said.

Even so, it was taking Popia extremely seriously and had made further huge investments in resources, processes, policies and management to ensure it would be fully compliant by next June, Naidoo added.

Themba Mnguni, deputy director at the department of rural development & land reform, said they currently have an information officer and someone dealing with risk management, but because the departments of agriculture and rural development are merging, things are a little unstable. “It will be finalised as soon as possible but, currently there is an accounting officer who accounts for everything, and then responsibilities are delegated, in this case, to our risk officer.”

Themba Mnguni

Telecommunications company Vox was also a very good position to be ready by deadline, said Niel van Rooyen, its head of information security.

Niel van Rooyen

Some participants expressed their fears about being in the firing line if anything went wrong, however. Tourvest was currently in the process of appointing an information officer, said Imraan Kharwa, its head of information security. At the moment, the responsibility is all his.

“My mandate extends to data privacy as well as information security, and it’s very likely that someone is going to wake me in the middle of the night in the event that we have a data breach because I’m responsible for our incident response and stakeholder management from a privacy and information security perspective. If anyone’s going to lose their job because of it, it’s likely going to be me.”

Imraan Kharwa

Investec’s data privacy officer, Janine West, said her organisation had an incident response team, and she’d be the one who got the call. An internal response team including the CIO and PR team would be alerted next to be on standby.

Complying with Popia wasn’t necessary only to avoid the fines or a jail sentence that could be incurred for lapses, but for a reputation standpoint, too, West added. “You don’t want to be the company that has the reputation for not having good governance or controls in place.”

But good governance had become harder with employees working from home during lockdown, as they needed more freedom for tasks like printing out documents. “You don’t know what happens with that data, or how it gets destroyed. There are no shredding machines in homes,” she said.

Janine West

As an international broadcaster MultiChoice has to comply with Europe’s GDPR requirements as well as Popia. Yet both should come naturally to any company that cared about its customers, said Morne Bosch-Serfontein, its chief data officer. “If you follow good customer principles a lot of this new legislation should be second nature. We began a few initiatives a couple of years ago to make sure we could deliver to our customers and commit to them that their information will be protected,” he said.

Morne Bosch-Serfontein

Various programmes were introduced and mock audits conducted to make sure that from a process perspective everything was governed. “We took it a step further and made this part of the company’s KPIs, and one of our strategic objectives is that we that we pass these audits and remain relevant to our customers by protecting the information,” he stressed.

The Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) must also comply with GDPR as it deals with data from all over the world, said CIO Mthoko Mncwabe. The current challenge was to ensure its operations were Popia compliant in South Africa, since there were still a lot of gaps. “It’s quite a rush as we stand today, but I think we’ll meet the deadline,” he said. The responsibility for risk, compliance and security at Acsa is run through one programme across the group, with the executives of each business unit taking accountability for the data it owned, he said.

Mthoko Mncwabe

At Absa, data privacy was part of everybody’s job and not something that just one person was responsible for, said Ignus van Zyl, its lead security analyst and chief security officer of Africa Technology. “Obviously we have teams that focus specifically on this, such as the privacy team, and we look at things like database security, and USBs, and whether they’re being used to move data through the bank,” he said. “We track all of this, because obviously we’re very worried about how our customer data is protected on a holistic level. But there isn’t really anyone working in the bank that doesn’t have some level of responsibility towards ensuring that Popia is properly implemented.”

Ignus van Zyl

It’s similar at Absa, where Juan Harmse heads a Converged Security Fusion Centre and deals with data-related issues and incidents in collaboration with the privacy officer. But everybody needed to take responsibility, too.

“We have a dedicated education and awareness team that deals specifically with privacy-related training, and one of the regulations is a compulsory compliance training course that everybody has to do every year. We run security education and awareness programmes throughout the year, including compliance-based training and a video series we’ve recently launched.”

Juan Harmse

While all the roundtable participants were responsible for security and privacy, the ultimate accountability sat with the CEO, stressed Ritasha Kalidas, director of IT security, risk and governance at Tiger Brands. “Usually if you’ve had a breach, you will find yourself in front of a regulator. The regulator doesn’t want to talk to us very technical people, they want to talk to the owners of the information, and that ultimately sits with the CEO.”

Ritasha Kalidas

But C-suite executives weren’t accustomed to these types of conversations, and saw this as a security issue that the CIO or head of security should handle. For that reason, it was important to brief the CEO and the C suite very well if anything happened, so they could speak confidently, honestly and transparently about it, she said.

Standard Bank’s head of information risk governance, Emmerentia du Plooy, said the value of a company’s information far transcended any monetary value. It was the lifeblood of a business and its processes. “If your information gets compromised, the impact to the various stakeholders is huge and the reputational damage can be devastating. It doesn’t really matter which industry you are in, because if you have broken that trust element with either your clients, stakeholders or partners you are in deep trouble.”

Emmerentia du Plooy

The medical aid administration company 3Sixty Health also recognises data and cybersecurity as critical. “We’re dealing with sensitive health information such as blood test results or health conditions, so we would never want a situation where that data has been compromised,” said CIO Tshepo Motshegoa. “We rely a lot on Popia, because a lot of key core functions we provide depend on third party partners.”

Since 3Sixty Health handles the flow of data between doctors and other service providers, it must ensure it was secure and the parties it sent the data to were also secure. “We have put in place several fairly stringent cyber security clauses as well as mechanisms to ensure the safety of all data, as well as clauses to ensure that the correct people are liable in the event of an incident,” he said.

Tshepo Motshegoa

Security within the Glacier group was managed by a chief information security officer, and by various information security officers in the different business areas, said Evan Douman, its head of enterprise data management. As a company’s data awareness rose, so did its maturity towards the issue, he said. “We have to start defining where information security stops and starts, and where does it dive into a data governance or data management function.”

Evan Douman

The online company Bidorbuy had one individual looking after data privacy, and a couple of teams protecting all the customer data in a database, and destroying it when appropriate, said CTO James Ostrowick. “It’s a multifaceted discussion point when it comes to who owns data privacy and who owns the security behind that,” he said.

James Ostrowick

Sibanye Stillwater has about 100 000 employees, and holds a lot of personal medical information about them. Every employee goes through an intense medical, plus periodic tests and an exit check-up. Samuel Mokoena, its governance, risk and compliance manager, said the information went back and forth to medical aid providers, and the company had become quite good at security to prevent unauthorised access or hacking. “However, the challenge for us is how to ensure the people who are authorised to have access to our information are safeguarding it,” he said.

Samuel Mokoena

Liberty treated data security as a joint operation between a compliance office and a data chapter that controlled data governance, said Siyabonga Mabuza, the senior data governance specialist. They had regular meetings with infosec as well, to discuss progress around Popia and GDPR compliance for all entities within the Liberty Group. Typical discussions would be around data initiatives, or where they were struggling with the appointment of data owners, the classification of data, or the implementation of data loss prevention tools.

Brett Skinner

Advice from Micro Focus for what to prioritise over the next six months was to start by understanding what data you have, plus the potential impacts of non-compliance. Make sure you know what you have and enforce the security around it, said security sales manager Brett Skinner. “You’re always going to have delinquents inside your business, so the starting point has to be the framework of the Act itself. Understand the risks and know where your personally identifiable information (PII) resides.”

Prischal Bahgoo

Beyond that, this was a great opportunity to turn the expense of the necessary tools, technologies and training into an advantage, by making money out of the data once they better understood what they were holding. “A lot of people don’t understand what data they have and how they can monetise it,” he said.

GM at VIC IT Consulting Prischal Bahgoo has the last word. To lead on to what Skinner said, everyone’s talking about where the buck stops, and losing their jobs, what would happen if we gave you the opportunity to say if you had a breach the data was devalued or de identified. That’s something to consider.

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Riot police squads intervene as pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters clash in Montreal




People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

People wave flags atop cars in traffic during a demonstration to voice support for the people of Palestine, at Toronto City Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 15 May 2021.

  • Violence
    between pro-Israel and pro-Palestine protesters in Montreal was condemned by
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Montreal’s
    city police force intervened and declared the protests illegal after tensions
    heightened and clashes broke out.
  • Israeli
    strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
    toll in almost a week of clashes.

– Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday condemned the violence and
“despicable rhetoric” that marked several weekend protests throughout
the country, after clashes between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian protesters in

worst violence in years, sparked by unrest in Jerusalem, is raging between the
Jewish state and Islamist militants.

strikes killed 42 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the worst daily
toll in almost a week of deadly clashes.

after protests in Montreal, Trudeau condemned what he said was “despicable
rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend”.

insisting on the “right to assemble peacefully and express themselves
freely in Canada”, Trudeau stressed in a tweet that there was no tolerance
for “antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind”.

on Sunday, Montreal police used tear gas following clashes between pro-Israel
and pro-Palestinian protesters.

hundred demonstrators, draped in Israeli flags, had gathered in a central
Montreal square to express solidarity with the Jewish state.

‘Protesting is a right’

the protest started peacefully, tensions ratcheted up with the arrival of
pro-Palestinian demonstrators and clashes soon broke out.

SPVM, Montreal’s city police force, declared the protests illegal, and squads
of riot police intervened, using tear gas to separate and disperse the two
groups, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

police spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of the pro-Palestinian
protesters, who spread out and regrouped in commercial streets in the city centre.

the clashes, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said on Twitter that
“protesting is a right”, but that “intolerance, violence and
anti-Semitism have no place here”.

She said:

Montreal is a city of peace.

thousand pro-Palestinian demonstrators had gathered on Saturday in central
Montreal to denounce what they said were Israeli repression and “war
crimes” in Gaza.

Israel”, some protesters chanted, while others held up a banner that read,
“Stop the genocide of Palestinian children”.

protests happened the same day in multiple Canadian cities, including Toronto,
Ottawa and Vancouver.

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Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do




“How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person’s life?” asks the BBC.

“A new app is offering you the chance to do just that.”

When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn’t decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old’s dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so that was what he bought…

NewNew is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based entrepreneur Courtne Smith. The app, which is still in its “beta” or pre-full release stage, describes itself as “a human stock market where you buy shares in the lives of real people, in order to control their decisions and watch the outcome”. For many of us that sounds a bit ominous, but the reality is actually far less alarming. It is aimed at what it calls “creators” — writers, painters, musicians, fashion designers, bloggers etc. It is designed as a way for them to connect far more closely with their fans or followers than on other social media services and, importantly, monetise that connection…

Whenever a vote is cast the creator gets the money minus NewNew’s undisclosed commission… In addition to voting, followers can also pay extra — from $20 — to ask a NewNew creator to do something of their choosing, such as naming a character in a book after them. But the creator can reject all of these “bids”, and if they do so then the follower doesn’t have to part with the money…

Co-founder and chief executive Ms Smith, a 33-year-old Canadian, has big plans for NewNew, and has some heavyweight backers. Investors include Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, and the first outside person to put money into Facebook. Others with a stake in the business include leading US tech investment fund Andreessen Horowitz, and Hollywood actor Will Smith (no relation to Courtne). Snapchat has also given technical support.

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Sandpapergate will haunt Australia cricket forever: ex-bowling coach




Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach - Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Brenton Geach – Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The 2018 ball-tampering scandal will haunt Australian cricket forever, much like the infamous underarm delivery of 40 years ago, the team’s former bowling coach David Saker said on Monday.

Saker was responding to opening batsman Cameron Bancroft suggesting that Australia’s bowlers knew about the plan in Cape Town to alter the ball which earned him a nine-month ban and rocked the game.

Saker was Australia’s bowling coach when Bancroft was caught trying to rough up the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa.

While refusing to be drawn on who knew what, Saker said “the finger-pointing is going to go on and on and on”.

“It’s like the underarm, it’s never going to go away,” he told Fairfax Media, referring to a 1981 incident when Trevor Chappell bowled underarm to ensure New Zealand lost a one-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The notorious delivery is still cited in New Zealand and in cricketing circles as a prime example of unsporting conduct.

However, the ball-tampering scandal – dubbed “sandpapergate” – had a greater impact on Australian cricket, with the then-captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner suspended for a year from all cricket and stripped of their leadership roles.

Darren Lehmann also quit as coach and all the top brass from Cricket Australia left after a scathing review blasted their “arrogant and controlling” win-at-all-costs culture.

No one else among the team or coaching staff was held to account but Bancroft’s remarks in an interview with The Guardian newspaper hinted that the team’s bowlers at least knew about the plan.

“Obviously what I did benefits bowlers and the awareness around that, probably, is self-explanatory,” he said.

Saker added: “There was a lot of people to blame. It could have been me to blame, it could have been someone else. It could have been stopped and it wasn’t, which is unfortunate.

“Cameron’s a very nice guy. He’s just doing it to get something off his chest … He’s not going to be the last.”

In response, Cricket Australia said that if anyone had new information, they would look into it.

Saker said he was not opposed to a fresh investigation but added “I just don’t know what they’re going to find out.”

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Mexico’s Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe




Miss Universe Andrea Meza

Miss Universe Andrea Meza





1. Mexico

2. India

3. Brazil

4. Dominican Republic

5. Peru



1. Jamaica 

2. Dominican Republic 

3. India

4. Peru 

5. Australia 

6. Puerto Rico

7. Thailand

8. Costa Rica

9. Mexico

10. Brazil





1. Columbia

2. Peru 

3. Australia 

4. France

5. Myanmar

6. Jamaica 

7. Mexico 

8. Dominican Republic 

9. USA

10. Indonesia 

11. Argentina 

12. India

13. Curaçao

14. Puerto Rico

15. Phillipines 

16. Brazil

17. Great Britain

18. Nicaragua

19. Thailand 

20. Costa Rica

21. Vietnam



74 contestants will compete for the title of Miss Universe on 16 May in Hollywood, Florida. 

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on 16 May in the US (02:00 to 05:00 on 17 May SA time). The show will be broadcast live on 1 Magic (DStv Channel 103) with a repeat at 21:30. 

Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Representing South Africa is Natasha Joubert, and South Africans are hoping for the “magic double” – back-to-back consecutive wins, which has only happened once before in the pageant’s history.

Natasha wowed crowds at the national costume competition last week and on Friday impressed during the preliminary round

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Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021




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Washington – Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the bloody military coup in her country.

Sunday night marked the Miss Universe competition’s return to television, after the pageant was cancelled in 2020 for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrea Meza, 26, finished first ahead of the Brazilian and Peruvian finalists in a flashy televised event, hosted by American actor Mario Lopez and television personality Olivia Culpo.

Former Miss Universe contestants Cheslie Kryst, Paulina Vega and Demi-Leigh Tebow (who won the title in 2017) served as competition analysts and commentators, and a panel of eight women determined the winner.

Dressed in a sparkling red evening gown, Meza tearfully walked the catwalk as Miss Universe for the first time, before rushing back for a group hug with the other competitors.

Meza beat more than 70 contestants from around the globe in the 69th installment of Miss Universe, which was held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

In the days leading up to the final competition, Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin, who made the top 21, made waves when she used her time in the spotlight to bring attention to the coup in her country.

“Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day,” she said during her biographical video, which showed photos of her taking part in the anti-coup protests. “Therefore I would like to urge everyone to speak out about Myanmar.”

Natasha Joubert, Miss Universe South Africa 2020 competes on stage in Ema Savahl swimwear during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition.

She also won the award for best national costume: during that competition segment on Thursday, she wore an outfit beaded in traditional Burmese patterns and held up a sign that said, “Pray for Myanmar.”

Myanmar has been in uproar since February 1, when the army ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

At least 796 people have been killed by security forces since then, according to a local monitoring group, while nearly 4 000 people are behind bars.

Miss Singapore Bernadette Belle Ong – who did not make the top 21 – also used the national costume portion to make a political statement.

Dressed in a glittering red bodysuit and matching thigh-high boots, she turned around to reveal her cape – in the colours of the Singaporean flag – was painted with the words “Stop Asian Hate.”

“What is this platform for if I can’t use it to send a strong message of resistance against prejudice and violence?” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of her outfit.

The United States in particular has seen a surge in anti-Asian violence in the past year, which activists have blamed on former president Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially his repeated description of Covid-19 as the “China virus.”

The pageant has also drawn criticism in the past for objectifying the contestants.

In recent years, the competition has shifted image, focusing more on female empowerment and activism.

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