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  • 09 Sep 2021

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  • POPI Act Compliance
  • 05 Jun 2021

Sections 100 – 106 of the POPI Act deal with instances where parties would find themselves “guilty of an offense”. The most relevant of these are:

  • Any person who hinders, obstructs or unlawfully influences the Regulator;
  • A responsible party which fails to comply with an enforcement notice;
  • Offences by witnesses, for example, lying under oath or failing to attend hearings;
  • Unlawful Acts by responsible party in connection with account numbers;
  • Unlawful Acts by third parties in connection with account number.

Section 107 of the Act details which penalties apply to respective offenses.


For the more serious offences the maximum penalties are a R10 million fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years or to both a fine and such imprisonment. 

For the less serious offences, for example, hindering an official in the execution of a search and seizure warrant the maximum penalty would be a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the POPI Act could have dire consequences.

  • Qhama
  • 01 Jun 2021

Sections of The Protection Of Personal Information Act Commenced

The protection of personal information act, no 4 of 2013 promotes the Protection Of Personal Information by public and private bodies.
The information regulator is, among others, empowered to monitor and enforce compliance by public and private bodies with the provisions of the promotion of access to information act, 2000 (act 2 of 2000), and the protection of personal information act, 2013 (act 4 of 2013).

The information regulator (South Africa) is an independent body established in terms of section 39 of the Protection Of Personal Information act 4 of 2013. It is subject only to the law and the constitution and it is accountable to the national assembly.

The Presidency (2020) stated:
The act has been put into operation incrementally, with a number of sections of the act having been implemented in April 2014. Some of these sections include those relating to the establishment of the information regulator. The members of the information regulator took office on 1 December 2016. Many of the remaining provisions of the act could only be put into operation at a later stage as they require a state of operational readiness for the information regulator to assume its powers, functions and duties in terms of the act. (p.1)

Certain sections of the act (sections 2 to 38; sections 55 to 109; section 111; and section 114 (1), (2) and (3)) have been made effective as of 1 July 2020 by president Cyril Ramaphosa, given under his hand and the seal of the republic of South Africa at Hyde Park on the 17 day of June 2020. Companies will be given a year’s grace period to comply with the act, unless this grace period is extended as allowed by the act.

POPIA_Sections_Commencement 1 July 2020

Protection Of Personal Information Act

  • Schanelle Denton
  • 01 Jun 2021

Is Roll Laminating the best solution for you?

In this article I will share insights into the pros and cons of choosing this choice of type of laminating solution. With all lamination solutions, Laminating documents not only offers protection and durability it also enhances the visual appeal.


Laminating Rolls


Roll laminating film is one of the most cost effective ways for products such as: 

*Menus *Book covers *Charts 

*Calendars *Posters *Catalogues

The roll laminator may be slightly more expensive than a regular pouch laminating machine, depending on the volumes being laminated. 

However the BIG savings come from:

*Faster production output

*Lower laminating material costs of laminating film rolls vs pouches.  

* More justifiable for medium to long term usage.

What is roll laminating film?

Quite simply laminating film is supplied in roll form rather than in pouch form.


How to Roll Laminate?

It requires one or two rolls of film – one for the top side of the print and one for the bottom side. 

Or only one roll if you choose to laminate one side of the print only.

The film is fed through roll laminating machines, heat and pressure is provided by the machine and the lamination process bonds the thermal plastic lamination film to the print and form a seal.

Things to think about when choosing your Laminating Rolls

Using the appropriate laminating film is important to ensure the desired end result is achieved. Consider the following key features, before you make your purchase.

*Film grade *Core size *Roll width *Film thickness (micron). 

Film grade

This is the composition of the film. 

It’s a good idea to always ask your AZ Trading representative if the lamination film you choose is compatible with your machine and will give you the desired end product.

Some tips for you include:


Standard matte or gloss laminating film will suffice for standard laminating jobs.

Digital Laminating Film is needed for digital print jobs to ensure proper bond adhesion.  

AZ Trading offers premium digital laminating film, ultrabond, Superstick, a full range of OPP thermal laminating films and PET thermal laminating films and standard digital film.

Core Size

This is the diameter of the core on which the film roll is wound. 

There are 3 standard core sizes: 




Tips to consider when deciding on the core size include:

  1. The Length of Film 
  2. The Film Grade
  3. The laminating Machine

Roll Width

This is simply how wide the roll of film is.

Simply consider the size of sheet you are laminating and within the parameters of the width that your laminating machine and ensure it all measures up. 

Film Thickness

The lamination roll thicknesses can vary and is measured in microns. 

A thick lamination film will offer a  more rigid and sturdy result.

Here are some examples to help you navigate your choice in choosing the thickness of your film.

  • Menus would be more suited to doubled sided lamination with a thicker micron. 
  • Book covers you could laminate one side and opt for a more luxurious texture and a slightly thinner micron. 
  • Always consider the aesthetic requirements when deciding on the micron of your laminating sheet. 

Tofo 1120 Roll Laminator

Be aware before purchasing your laminating film:

Choosing the incorrect laminating film may end up damaging your machine or risk poor quality laminated prints. 

To ensure you purchase the correct laminating film check:

*The specifications of your machine  

*The nature of the substrate which you intend to laminate and then choose a laminating film accordingly.

AZ Trading Sales team is more than happy to help you make the best choice for all your lamination needs, get in touch today 086 111 4407!

Tofo 380 Roll Laminator

  • Tanya Denton
  • 01 Jun 2021

Protect Your Essential Documents With Laminating Equipment

Paper based documents undergo various chemical changes when exposed to the environment. Even if you keep documents and photos inside a closed drawers, filing cabinets or storage rooms, you cannot ensure that the documents will remain in the same condition over extended periods of time.

Hence, you need to consider lamination as away to preserve your documents. Precious documents such as graduation certificate, business signage, deeds, identity proof or the collection of family photographs that bring back glimpses from past are not worth losing! Lamination is an effective means of preserving such film or paper based documents.

Lamination provides adequate protection from the elements that damage paper and film based products. Here is a list of factors that need to be controlled to protect your valuable documents:

  • Dust particles found in the air
  • Fingerprints
  • Wear and tear
  • Sticky liquids that fall on the documents accidentally
  • Chemical reaction with environmental elements

By laminating, you protect essential documents from many external factors. Laminated products show higher longevity than unprotected documents. Hence, by laminating you not only make the documents look better, but make them more durable and stronger.

There is a range of Laminating equipment available accomplish this task. The laminating machines apply a protective but transparent coating over your items or documents which enables the documents to remain visible and remain protected from harsh elements.

The substances used as the coat are chemically neutral and water-proof and therefore prevent documents from various natural and accidental damages. 

Laminated documents are covered on both the sides for complete protection.

For better result one needs to ensure no air bubble are left between the object and the layer of coating although this is not essential but a good quality laminator with decent laminating pouches work best.

There are various types of laminating equipment available from high volume laminating requirements to everyday office document laminating.