Members of the Information Regulator

Adv Pansy Tlakula (Chairperson)

PPIR Member Pansy Tlakula holds a B. Proc degree from the University of the North( now University of Limpopo), an LL.B degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LL.M degree from Harvard University. In 2006 she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Legal Studies by the Vaal University of Technology.

Pansy Tlakula has held high profile positions in the academia, public and private sector. These include Senior Law Lecturer at the then University of Bophuthatswana (now North West University), National Director of the Black Lawyers Association, one of the founding Commissioners of the South Africa Human Rights Commission, Chairperson of the Board of the National Credit Regulator, Chairperson of Council of the then University of the North West ( now North West University) and the Chancellor of the Vaal University of Technology. She was also Independent Non Executive Director of the Bidvest Group Limited and the Chief Electoral Officer and later Chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC). Tlakula is currently the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights ( AU Organ) and its Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.

 

Adv Lebogang Stroom-Nzama (Full-time Member)

PPIR Member Lebogang Stroom-Nzama completed her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. She began her career as a Candidate Attorney at Hack, Stupel and Ross Attorneys where she completed her articles of clerkship. She was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court. She further obtained her LLM Degree with specialisation in Commercial law at University of South Africa, and a Certificate in Compliance Management with the University of Johannesburg.

Her previous work experience include areas of legal, compliance and risk at various financial services institutions such as Santam Insurance, First National Bank, SASRIA, and Liberty Life. In 2012 she was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a member of the Johannesburg Bar. She is currently the full–time member of the newly formed Information Regulator.

 

 

Adv Collen Weapond (Full-time Member)

PPIR MemberJohannes Collen Weapond is an admitted Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. His areas of specialization include information technology, risk management, forensic investigation, compliance management, business management as well as law with a specialization in the law of contracts. Amongst other Johannes hold the following qualifications, a B. Iuris, LLB (UNISA), B.Com (Honours IT) (UCT), B. Tech in Policing (TUT), Diploma in Education III (RCE), Diploma in Compliance Management (UJ), Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Forensics (Coursework) (UCT), Certificate in Fraud Examination (Cum Laude) (UP), Certificate in Policing (TUT), Masters in Business Systems (Coursework Completed).

Johannes is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape and Chairperson of the Risk Management Committee of the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services. He also serves as a member of the Audit Committee of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services, the Limpopo Provincial Audit Committee, Freestate Provincial Audit Committee, Wholesale and Retail SETA, Freestate Department of Education. He is also a member of Council of the University of Mpumalanga (UMP) and the Chairperson of the Strategy Subcommittee. He was appointed as the Independent Expert for Legal and ICT at the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO).

Furthermore, Johannes served as a Non-Executive Director (Member of the Board) of the National Lotteries Commission and as the Chairperson of Risk Management Committee, Legal, Request for Proposal Subcommittee and Ad hoc Legal Subcommittees of the Board. He also served as a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Council of South Africa, member of Council of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) and a member of the Appeals Committee of Council. Lastly, Johannes also served as a Non-Executive Director and Coordinator of the Audit Function at Brakpan Bus Company (BBC), member of the Audit Committee of the National Department of Human Settlements, member of Council of the Forestry Advisory Council, member of Council of the Heraldry Council.

 

Prof Tana Pistorius (Part-time Member)

PPIR MemberTana Pistorius holds the South African Research Chair in Law, Society and Technology, hosted by the College of Law, UNISA. She obtained a BA, LLM and LLD from the University of Pretoria and an LLB degree from UNISA. She is a qualified attorney and a notary of the High Court of South Africa. Tana’s fields of specialization include intellectual property (IP) law and information technology law. She is a rated researcher and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Tana serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Council and she is a member of the Cybersecurity Research, Development and Innovation Agenda Task Team. She serves on the board of directors of DALRO. She is a senior adjudicator of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law’s ADR panel for the .za domain-name system. She is an external co-editor of the Journal for Juridical Science (UFS) and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (Inderscience). She is a member of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium Editorial Board and has served on the executive council of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) since 2009. She was the president of ATRIP (2014-2015). She is currently involved in a number of projects for the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the teaching of IP law. She was a member of the Copyright Review Commission (2011).

Tana has been appointed as an international expert of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for a judiciary training project on the legal aspects of electronic commerce in Africa. In 2011-2012 Tana was appointed as an international expert for a project of the ITU on the development of the SADC Model Law on Electronic Transactions and Electronic and for its national transposition in six SADC member states (2013-2016). She was a member of the research team that drafted the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002.

 

Mr Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze (Part-time Member)

PPIR MemberSizwe Lindelo Snail ka Mtuze holds a Baccalareus Legum (LLB) from the University of Pretoria with Tax Law and Cyber-Law electives and also a Masters Degree (LLM) in Information Technology Law from the University of South Africa.

He is a practising attorney with the law firm, Snail Attorneys at Law and International Co-ordinator of the African Centre for Cyberlaw and Crime Prevention based in Kampala, Uganda.

He is the author of various articles on Cyberlaw in accredited and non- accredited journals both locally and internationally and has given ad hoc lectures for the LSSA, ACFE , University of Johannesburg, Fort Hare University and University of Pretoria and comments on Cyberlaw in various South African Newspapers and radio talk shows.
He also presents papers and attends both local and international conferences. He is also co-editor and author of the 3rd Edition of Cyberlaw @ SA.

He also does corporate presentations, regularly gives opinions to both the private and government sectors as well as individualized legal compliance testing as well as in-house workshops / training for various private companies and government institutions both in South Africa and in Central, West and East Africa.

Sizwe Snail KA Mtuze was a member on the ICT REVIEW Panel of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS), serving as a Chair of the E-commerce Committee ( Digital Society as renamed ) within the Panel sub-committees. Sizwe Snail Ka Mtuze also currently serves on the National Cyber Security advisory Counsel of the DPTS.

He is also currently serving as Deputy Chair for the LSSA, E-Law Committee (2013 to date). He is also a Trainee Adjudicator of the SAIIPL, Domain Disputes. He is also co-founding member of the Annual Cyberlaw Conference and the Annual Lex Informatica (2008 2016).

Snail ka Mtuze is also a WASPA Adjudicator (2008- to date ) and  a Adjucnt Research fellow in the field of Cyberlaw with the University of Fort Hare since 2014 where he has also recently registered as a student to pursue his LLD on “ Protection of Privacy and Personal Information in Cyberspace “.

He is also a member of the South African Information Regulator Office established in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act since 2016.