Terms & Conditions


  • “PPS Foundation” shall mean the Professional Provident Society Foundation, a registered Public Benefit Organisation. Registration No. IT 873/2016(G)
  • “CLIENT” shall mean the entity on whose behalf the online application for access to the Professionals Connect Career Portal database is being made.
  • “CLIENT DATABASE” shall mean CV’s and other personal information of candidates exclusive to the client. 
  • “PPS DATABASE” shall mean candidates registered on the Professionals Connect Career Portal searchable by all registered clients.
  • “DATABASE” shall mean the collective client and PPS databases.



Welcome to the Professionals Connect website, www.professionalsconnect.co.za. This portal is a corporate social responsibility initiative by the PPS Foundation and its services are not designed for commercial gain. The site, owned and hosted by PPS, is located within the Republic of South Africa.



This site is owned and operated within the Republic of South Africa. By using or browsing this site, you accept that the laws of South Africa will govern these terms without giving effect to any conflict of laws and principles.



By using this website, you signify your agreement to all terms, conditions, and notices contained or referenced herein (the "Terms of Use"). If you do not agree to these Terms of Use please do not access, use, download, copy or distribute any of the content on the site. We reserve the right, at our discretion; to update or revise these Terms of Use therefore please check them periodically for any changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of the changes to the Terms of Use constitutes acceptance of those modifications.



4.1 The Professionals Connect portal service primarily consists of the www.professionalsconnect.co.za site and other features such as a variety of content.

4.2 Professionals Connect may discontinue or alter any service level or aspect of the service at any time, without notice, without liability and at Professionals Connect’s sole discretion.

4.3 Professionals Connect reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to all or part of this site, with or without notice.

4.4 PPS will, as far as it is practically possible and insofar as it falls within its reasonable control, provide the client with the following:

4.4.1 Unlimited online access to the Professionals Connect Career Portal database allowing the client to place job advertisements and to search for and gain access to all CV’s contained on the database.



5.1 The client shall be entitled to place an unlimited number of job advertisements on the Professionals Connect Career Portal and to perform unlimited searches of the PPS database for suitable candidates.

5.2 The client will upon being requested to do so provide PPS with the client’s logo in the format as prescribed by PPS and the client hereby consents to the display of its logo on the Professionals Connect website.

5.3 The client shall be entitled, as far as it is practically possible and insofar as it falls within PPS’ reasonable control, to unlimited online access to the database.

5.4 The client shall not be entitled to cede, assign, transfer, sell, let, license, transmit, make over, allow access to, or distribute the service provided by PPS in terms of the Professionals Connect portal, to any third party without PPS’ written approval.

5.5 The client is obliged to report any technical problems experienced with the Professionals Connect portal and/or the database to PPS as soon as possible in order to ensure that PPS can provide the client with an optimal service.

5.6 Once the client has submitted an application and it has been approved, PPS shall provide the services in terms of the Professionals Connect portal and access to the database for an indefinite period, however subject to the right of PPS to terminate the services for convenience by giving the client three (3) months written notice of its intention to terminate the services. This does not detract from any right of PPS to terminate the services in the event of a breach committed by the client as stipulated in paragraph 4.



By posting information on any other communications service that may be available to you, you agree that you will not upload and/or disseminate any content pertaining to this site that:

6.1 Is unlawful, intimidating, offensive, defamatory, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, contains explicit or graphic descriptions or accounts of sexual acts (including but not limited to sexual language of a violent or threatening nature directed at another individual or group of individuals);

6.2 Victimizes or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability;

6.3 Infringes on any copyright or other proprietary right of any party;

6.4 Constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, junk or bulk e-mail considered as spamming, any other form of unauthorized solicitation;

6.5 Contains software viruses or any other computer files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage or limit the operation of any software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or to obtain unauthorized access to any data and/or other information of any third party; or

6.6 Impersonates any employees or representatives of Professionals Connect.



While every effort is made to ensure that the information provided on the website is current and accurate please note that this might not be always the case, and you are advised to consult other sources before acting on this information.



We respect the privacy of all visitors to this site. You may use this site without providing any personal information. In order to improve the site, we do collect information for reporting purposes on the number of visits to the site, pages viewed, etc. We do process your personal information when creating a user profile for you on this site. This also serves to provide you with a good user experience when you browse this site. We may process, transfer and disclose your information for the purposes of providing you with services and complying with your instructions; verifying your identity; detecting and preventing fraud; as well as compliance with laws and public duties. The processing, transferring or disclosing of your information as set out above will be undertaken strictly in accordance with ECT Act and POPIA.

Professionals Connect subscribes and fully adheres to the Protection of Personal Information Act. Therefore, we are accountable to process data and personal information in accordance to the clauses stipulated in the act.



You hereby provide us with permission in terms of Section 4(1) of the Act to intercept any communication and by accepting these terms and conditions and using the website you agree to the writing requirements imposed by the act.



Section 21 of the Act requires us to reach agreement as to the transmission of data messages and by using the PPS website you agree that:  

  • This agreement is concluded in Johannesburg South Africa.  
  • Data messages addressed by you, can only be deemed to have been received by us, if they have been responded to.  
  • An automated response, generated by our systems shall not constitute a response to you.  
  • You agree that data messages sent to PPS from a computer, IP address or mobile device normally used by you, was sent or authorised to be sent by you personally.



Professionals Connect acknowledges that some of the content published will be accessed by users who are under the age of 18 years. However, we do not permit underage users to register their profiles, unless this is for the purpose of bursary applications, on the site and strongly discourage that personal information from these candidates be made available to us. An exception will be made to users who wish to access the bursary application feature.



Professionals Connect retains copyright in the website and all current and future content displayed on the website which is not owned by third parties.

In terms of a limited licence, granted for general use, Professionals Connect grants the user, subject to these terms and conditions, a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited and revocable right to access, display, use, download and otherwise copy the current and future content of the website for your personal, non-commercial and informational purposes only.

In addition, Professionals Connect grants you permission to copy and distribute information from the website for non-commercial purposes, provided that www.professionalsconnect.co.za is acknowledged as the source by reference to the website address.

This website and its contents may not be reproduced, duplicated, copied, resold or otherwise used for any commercial purpose without the express prior written consent of Professionals Connect.



We value feedback received from visitors to our site. However, you agree not to transmit any material that is unlawful, harmful, defamatory, abusive, threatening, vulgar or obscene. You remain liable to any third party for your comments, and Professionals Connect is not liable to any third party for the content of your comments.



Reliance on any links to other websites or advertisements provided on the Professionals Connect website should be made entirely at your own risk.

Please note that accessing links hosted on Professionals Connect may redirect you to external websites whose privacy policies may differ significantly from that of Professionals Connection. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites and cannot guarantee the security of any of your personal information collected there.



Any third party wishing to link to this website from their website must obtain permission from Professionals Connect, and permission may be granted on terms and conditions agreed on.



You explicitly agree that the use of this website is entirely at your own risk. The website and all its contents are provided on an "as is" basis and Professionals Connect makes no representations or warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, to the accuracy of the contents of the website. Professionals Connect does not warrant that the website's functions will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that the site or its server is free from viruses or other harmful components.

Professionals Connect as an entity, including its employees and representatives, shall not be liable for any loss or damage, whether direct, indirect or consequential, or any expense of any nature whatsoever, which may be suffered by the user, which arises directly or indirectly from reliance of the website and/or its content.



By using this site, you signify your assent to Professional Connect’s Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use this site. The terms of this policy may change from time to time without prior notice to you, so please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of this site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those amendments.




  1. Introduction

In this PPS Privacy Standard (Privacy Standard), references to PPS includes, Professional Provident Society Holdings Trust (PPS Holdings Trust), PPS Insurance Company Limited and all its subsidiaries. Any reference to “PPS” or “we” or “us” or “our” includes in this document means any such entity.  Any reference to “you” or “your” in this Privacy Standard will include related persons with the necessary amendments. We respect the right to privacy and confidentiality of personal information we encounter in conducting our business.

PPS may change this Privacy Standard from time to time if the law or business practices require it. 

The Protection of Personal Information Act, 4 of 2013 (POPIA) describes personal information as information that identifies and relates to you or other individuals (such as your dependents).

  1. Key definitions in this standard

Biometrics” means a technique of personal identification that is based on physical, physiological or behavioural characterisation including blood typing, fingerprint, DNA analysis, retinal scanning and voice recognition;

“Child” means a person under the age of 18 years;

Consent” means any voluntary, specific and informed expression of will in terms of which permission is given for the processing personal information;

Data subject” means the natural or juristic person to whom personal information relates, such as an individual member, policyholder or an entity that provides PPS with products or services;

De-identify” in relation to personal information of a data subject, means to delete any information that—

  1. identifies the data subject;
  2. can be used or manipulated by a reasonably foreseeable method to identify the data subject; or
  3. can be linked by a reasonably foreseeable method to other information that identifies the data subject, and ‘‘de-identified’’ has a corresponding meaning;

Filing system” means any structured set of personal information, whether centralised, decentralised or dispersed on a functional or geographical basis, which is accessible according to specific criteria;

Information Officer” means the head of a private body once appointed the information officer must be registered with the South African Information Regulator established under POPIA prior to performing his or her duties. Deputy Information Officers can also be appointed to assist the information officer;

Deputy Information Officer” means the person to whom any power or duty conferred or imposed on an Information Officer in terms of POPIA has been delegated;

Head” in relation to, a private body means-

  1. in the case of a natural person, that natural person or any person duly authorised by that natural person;
  2. in the case of a partnership, any partner of the partnership or any person duly authorised by the partnership;
  3. in the case of a juristic person:
    1. the chief executive officer or equivalent officer of the juristic person or any person duly authorised by that officer; or
    2.  the person who is acting as such or any person duly authorised by such acting person;

Information Regulator” means the Regulator established in terms of Section 39 of POPIA;

Operator” means a person processing personal information for a responsible party in terms of a contract or mandate, without coming under the direct authority of that party e.g. a third-party service provider that has contracted with PPS to shred documents containing personal information.

“Processing” means any operation or activity or any set of operations, whether by automatic means or not, concerning personal information, including-

  1. the collection, receipt, recording, organisation, collation, storage, updating or modification, retrieval, alteration, consultation or use;
  2. dissemination by means of transmission, distribution or making available in any other form; or products and legal matters relating to those products; or
  3. merging, linking, as well as restriction, degradation, erasure or destruction of information. 

Record” means any recorded information-

  1.  regardless of form or medium, including any of the following; 
  1. writing of any material; 
  2. information produced, recorded or stored by means of any tape-recorder, computer equipment, whether hardware or software or both, or other device, and any material subsequently derived from information so produced, recorded or stored; 
  3. label, marking or other writing that identifies or describes anything of which it forms 

                        part, or to which it is attached by any means;

  1. book, map, plan, graph or drawing;
  2. photograph, film, negative, tape or other device in which one or more visual images are embodied to be capable, with or without the aid of some other equipment, of being reproduced; 
  1.  in the possession or under the control of a responsible party;
  2. whether or not it was created by a responsible party and
  3. regardless of when it came into existence. 

Responsible party” means a public or private body or any other person which, alone or in conjunction with others determines the purpose of and means for processing personal information.

Person” means a natural person or a juristic person;

Personal Information” means information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, and where it is applicable, an identifiable, existing juristic person, including, but not limited to—

  1. information relating to the race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental health, wellbeing, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth of the person;
  2. information relating to the education or the medical, financial, criminal or employment history of the person;
  3. any identifying number, symbol, e-mail address, physical address, telephone number, location information, online identifier or other assignment to the person;
  4. the biometric information of the person;
  5. the personal opinions, views or preferences of the person;
  6. correspondence sent by the person that is implicitly or explicitly of a private or confidential nature or further correspondence that would reveal the contents of the original correspondence;
  7. the views or opinions of another individual about the person and; 
  8. the name of the person if it appears with other personal information relating to the person or if the disclosure of the name itself would reveal information about the person.


Private body” means-

natural person who carries or has a carried on any trade, business or profession, but only in such capacity;

a partnership which carries or has carried any trade, business or profession;

any former or existing juristic person but excludes a public body.


Public body’’ means-

any department of state or administration in the national or provincial sphere of government or any municipality in the local sphere of government; or

any other functionary or institution when-

exercising a power or performing a duty in terms of the constitution in terms of the constitution; or

exercising a public power or performing a public function in terms of any legislation.


Special personal information” means personal information concerning -

the religious or philosophical beliefs, race or ethnic origin, trade union membership, political persuasion, health or sex life or biometric information of a data subject; or

the criminal behaviour of a data subject to the extent that such information relates to-

the alleged commission by a data subject of any offence; or

any proceedings in respect of any offence allegedly committed by a data subject or the disposal of such proceedings.

Our aim is to handle personal information responsibly, balancing the benefits of activities such as the fulfilment of the contractual relationship, research, data analytics with our other commitments, including reliability, transparency and non-discrimination. This Privacy Standard describes how we handle personal information that we collect through:

  • The PPS website, the software applications made available by us for use on or through computers, mobile devices or other Internet-connected devices (the Apps), our social media pages; and
  • Other means (for example, from your application and claim forms, telephone calls, e-mails and other communications with us, as well as from claim investigators, medical professionals, witnesses or other third parties involved in our business dealings with you).
  1. Personal information that we collect
    1. General identification and contact information

This includes but is not limited to your name; address; e-mail and telephone details; gender; marital status; family status; date of birth; passwords; educational background; physical attributes; activity records, such as driving records; photos; employment history, skills and experience; professional licenses and affiliations; relationship to the policyholder, insured or claimant; and date and cause of death, injury or disability.

    1. Medical and health information

This includes but is not limited to your current or former physical or mental or medical condition; health status; injury or disability information; medical procedures performed; personal habits (for example, smoking or consumption of alcohol); prescription information; and medical history.

    1. Financial information and account details
      This includes but is not limited to your payment card number; bank account number and account details; credit history and credit score; assets; income; and other financial information.
    1. Identification numbers issued by government bodies or agencies 

This includes but is not limited to Identity number; passport number; tax number; or driver’s or another license number.

    1. Telephone recordings 
      This includes but is not limited to recordings of telephone calls to our representatives and call centres.
    1. Information to investigate crime, including fraud and money laundering

Financial Service Providers may share information about their previous dealings with clients and claimants for this purpose.

    1. Information enabling us to provide financial products and services

This includes but is not limited to location and identification of property insured (for example, property address, vehicle license plate or identification number); travel plans; age categories of individuals you wish to insure; policy and claim numbers; coverage/peril details; cause of loss; prior accident or loss history; your status as director or partner, or other ownership or management interest in an organisation; and other insurance you hold.

    1. Other sensitive information

In certain cases, we may receive sensitive information about your trade union membership, religious beliefs, political opinions, family medical history or genetic information. In addition, we may obtain information about your criminal record or civil litigation history in the process of preventing, detecting and investigating fraud.  We may also obtain sensitive information if you voluntarily provide it to us (for example, if you express preferences regarding medical treatment based on your religious beliefs).

    1. Marketing preferences and customer feedback

You may let us know of your marketing preferences, enter a contest or prize draw or other sales promotion or respond to a voluntary customer satisfaction survey. 

  1. From who do we collect the personal information and when will we process it?

We will only process your personal information for lawful purposes relating to our business if the following circumstances apply:

  • You have consented thereto;
  • A person legally authorised by you, the law or a court, has consented thereto;
  • It is necessary to conclude or perform under a contract we have with you; 
  • The law requires or permits it; 
  • It is required to protect or pursue your, our or a third party’s legitimate interest; and/or 
  • You are a child, and a competent person (such as a parent or guardian) has consented thereto on your behalf.
  1. When will we process your special personal information?

We may process your special personal information in the following circumstances:

  • If you have consented to the processing;
  • If the processing is needed to create, use or protect a right or obligation in law;
  • If the processing is for statistical or research purposes, and all legal conditions are met;
  • If the special personal information was made public by you;
  • If the processing is required by law;
  • If racial information is processed and the processing is required to identify you; and/or
  • If health information is processed, and the processing is to determine your insurance risk, or to comply with an insurance policy, or to enforce an insurance right or obligation.
  1. When and how we will process the personal information of children

A child is a person who is defined as a child by a country’s legislation, and who has not been recognised as an adult by the courts, in South Africa it is a person under 18 years. We process the personal information of children if the law permits this. We will only process the personal information of children if any one or more of the following applies:

  • A person with the ability to sign legal agreements has consented to the processing, being the parent or guardian of the child;
  • The processing is needed to create, use or protect a right or obligation in law, such as where the child is an heir in a will, a beneficiary of a trust, a beneficiary of an insurance policy or an insured person in terms of an insurance policy;
  • The child’s personal information was made public by the child, with the consent of a person who can sign legal agreements;
  • The processing is for statistical or research purposes and all legal conditions are met;
  • Where the child is an heir in a will, if required to give effect to the will;
  • Where the child is a beneficiary of a trust, if required to give effect to the trust deed;
  • Where the child is legally old enough to sign a document as a witness without the assistance from their parent or guardian;
  • Where the child benefits from a bank account such as an investment or savings account; and/or
  • Where the child is an insured person or beneficiary of an insurance policy, if required to give effect to the policy.
  1. How we process information about persons related to a juristic person

If you are a juristic person, such as a company or close corporation, we may collect and use personal information relating to the juristic person’s directors, officers, employees, beneficial owners, partners, shareholders, members, authorised signatories, representatives, agents, payers, payees, customers, guarantors, spouses of guarantors, sureties, spouses of sureties, other security providers and other persons related to the juristic person. These are related persons. 

If you provide the personal information of a related person to us, you warrant that the related person is aware that you are sharing their personal information with us, and that the related person has consented thereto. We will process the personal information of related persons as stated in this Privacy Standard.

  1. Personal information of other individuals

If you provide personal information to PPS regarding other individuals, you agree to:

  1. Reasons we need to process your personal information

      Personal Information may be obtained to:

  1. Marketing preferences

We may use your personal information to market financial, insurance, investments and other related PPS products and services to you. We may do this in person, by post, telephone, or electronic channels such as SMS and email.  We will provide you with regular opportunities to tell us your marketing preferences, including in our communications to you. You can also contact us by e-mail at memberservices@pps.co.za to tell us your marketing preferences and to opt-out.

If you no longer want to receive marketing-related communications from PPS going-forward, you may opt-out of receiving these marketing-related communications at any time.

We aim to comply with your opt-out request(s) within a reasonable time period.  Please note that if you opt-out as described above, we will not be able to immediately remove your personal information from the databases of third parties with whom we have already shared your personal information (e.g. those to whom we have already provided your personal information as of the date on which we respond to your opt-out request).  Please also note that if you do opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us, we may still send you other important administrative communications from which you cannot opt-out.

If you are not our member and/or policyholder, or in any other instances where the law requires, we will only market to you by electronic communications with your consent. 

  1. Security

We will take appropriate and reasonable technical, physical, legal and organisational measures, which are consistent with applicable privacy and data security laws. This includes the following:

  • Keeping our systems secure (such as monitoring access and usage);
  • Storing our records securely;
  • Controlling the access to our buildings, systems and/or records; and
  • Safely destroying or deleting records.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any personal information you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us at memberservices@pps.co.za or call us directly on telephone 0860 123 777.

When we provide personal information to a service provider, the service provider will be selected carefully and required to use appropriate measures to protect the confidentiality and security of the Personal Information.

  1. International (cross border) transfer of personal information

Due to the presence of our business activities in other countries, for the purposes set out above we may transfer Personal Information to parties located in Namibia and Australia and other countries that have a different data protection regime than is found in the country where you are based.  For example, we may transfer Personal Information in order to process international travel insurance claims and provide emergency medical assistance services when you are abroad.  We may transfer information internationally to our group companies, service providers, business partners and governmental or public authorities.

  1. Retention of personal information

We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is reliable for its intended use, and as accurate and complete as is necessary to carry out the purposes described in this Privacy Standard. We will retain personal information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Privacy Standard unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by other applicable law. We will keep your personal information for as long as:

  • The law requires us to keep it;
  • A contract between you and PPS requires us to keep it;
  • You have consented to us keeping it;
  • We are required to keep it to achieve the purposes listed in this privacy standard;
  • We require it for statistical or research purposes, we will then de-identify the personal information where necessary; and/or
  • We require it for our lawful business purposes.

TAKE NOTE: We may keep your personal information even if you no longer have a relationship with us, if the law permits.

  1. Your duties and rights regarding the personal information we have about you

You must provide proof of identity when enforcing the rights below. You must inform us when your personal information changes. 

Refer to PPS Information and Privacy Standard in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000 (PAIA) and POPIA for further information on how you can give effect to the rights listed below. The PPS Information and Privacy Standard is located on the PPS website www.PPS.co.za.

You have the right to request access to the personal information we have about you by contacting us. This includes requesting:

  • Confirmation that we hold your personal information;
  • A copy or description of the record containing your personal information; and
  • The identity or categories of third parties who have had access to your personal information.

We will attend to requests for access to personal information within a reasonable time. You may be required to pay a reasonable fee to receive copies or descriptions of records, or information about, third parties. We will inform you of the fee, if applicable, before attending to your request. 

Please note that the law may limit your right to access information.  You have the right to request us to correct or delete the personal information we have about you if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, excessive, out of date, incomplete, misleading, obtained unlawfully, or if we are no longer authorised to keep it, under certain circumstances. You must inform us of your request in writing. 

Please refer to our PAIA and POPIA Standard for further information in this regard, such as the process you should follow to give effect to this right. It may take up to 30 business days for the change to reflect on our systems. We may request documents from you to verify the change in personal information. 

A specific agreement that you have entered into with us may determine how you must change your personal information provided at the time when you entered into the specific agreement. Please adhere to these requirements. 

If the law requires us to keep the personal information, it will not be deleted upon your request. The deletion of certain personal information may lead to the termination of your business relationship with us.

You may object on reasonable grounds to the processing of your personal information.  We will not be able to give effect to your objection if the processing of your personal information was and is permitted by law, you have provided consent to the processing, and our processing was conducted in line with your consent; or the processing is necessary to conclude or perform under a contract with you. 

You must inform us of any objection in writing. Please refer to our PAIA and POPIA Standard for further information in this regard, such as the process you should follow to give effect to this right. 

Where you have provided your consent for the processing of your personal information, you may withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we will explain the consequences to you. We may proceed to process your personal information, even if you have withdrawn your consent, if the law permits or requires it. It may take up to 30 business days for the change to reflect on our systems. During this time, we may still process your personal information. The withdrawal of your consent may lead to the termination of your business relationship with us.

You have a right to file a complaint with us or the Information Regulator by email at complaints.IR@justice.gov.za about an alleged contravention of the protection of your personal information. We request that you address your complaint to us first at memberservices@pps.co.za.

  1. Complaints procedure

You have the right to complain in the event where any of your rights in terms of POPIA have been infringed. PPS takes all complaints in a serious light and will address all personal information/ privacy-related complaints in accordance with the following procedure:

  • Where the complaint has been received by any person other than Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer, that person shall ensure that full details of the complaint reach the Information Officer or Deputy Information Officer as soon as possible;
  • You will receive a written acknowledgement of receipt;
  • The Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer will carefully consider the complaint and address the complaint’s concerns in an amicable manner and in accordance with the principles of POPIA;
  • The Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer must also determine whether the complaint relates to an error or breach of confidentiality that has occurred, and which may have a wider impact on the data subjects of PPS;
  • Where the Information Officer and/or  the Deputy Information Officer has  reason to believe that your personal information has been accessed or acquired by an unauthorised person, the Information Protection Committee must be consulted and the affected data subjects and the Information Regulator must be informed of the breach;
  • The Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer will revert to you with a proposed solution with the option of escalating the complaint to the Information Protection Committee within 7 working days upon receipt of the complaint. In all instances, PPS will provide reasons for any decisions taken and communicate any anticipated deviation from the specified timelines;
  • A response to you may comprise any of the following:
    • A recommendation or remedy for the complaint;
    • A dismissal of the complaint with reasons as to why it was dismissed; or
    • An apology (if applicable) with appropriate action against any persons involved.
  • Where you are not satisfied with the outcome or handling of the complaint, you have the right to complain to the Information Regulator; and
  • The Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer will regularly review the complaints process and procedure to assess its effectiveness. A root cause analysis of the complaints will be done to avoid reoccurrences that give rise to POPIA related complaints.
  1. Who to contact about your personal information?

Access to information requests can be made by email and the prescribed form; addressed to the Information Officer. Once the request is received, the Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer will verify the identity if data subject prior to handing out /disclosing any personal information. All requests will be processed and considered against the PPS Information and Privacy Standard. The Information Officer and/or the Deputy Information Officer will process all requests within a reasonable time.

If you have any queries about our use of your Personal Information you can e-mail: memberservices@pps.co.za and/or refer to the PPS Information and Privacy Standard on the PPS website for further information regarding requests for personal information and related complaints.

  1. Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers

Accountabilities, roles and responsibilities

Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers in PPS are appointed according to the legal and regulatory requirements and will fulfil their regulatory obligations to protect personal information in PPS the information officer and deputies are responsible for:

  • Encouraging compliance with the conditions for lawful processing of personal information;
  • Attending to requests and complaints made by data subjects in terms of POPIA and PAIA;
  • Assisting the regulator with any investigation relating to PPS’ POPIA and PAIA compliance;
  • An Information Officer is the custodian of any activity relating to the processing of personal information and if any of the provisions of POPIA is breached, he or she could ultimately be held liable for that transgression.
  • Ensuring that Privacy Notices for internal and external purposes are developed and published;
  • Ensuring that PPS makes it convenient for data subjects to update their personal information or submit POPIA related complaint to PPS;
  • Liaising and working with the Information Regulator in relation to ongoing investigations, arising issues, reporting and any other related matter in consultation with Group Compliance or subsidiary company compliance.
  1. Information Protection Committees of PPS 

An Information Protection Committee is established and will convene on an ad hoc basis as required or when any issues of non-compliance and data breach activity is reported or suspected.

The Committee consists of the following individuals:

  • Information Officer;
  • Deputy Information Officer(s);
  • Relevant IT executive;
  • Executive: Human Resources or equivalent role for subsidiaries as applicable or his/her representative;
  • Head of Group Legal and Compliance or equivalent role for subsidiaries, as applicable; 
  • Relevant Investigator; and
  • Relevant manager /team leader.

A summary of Other Information is included in this Privacy Standard as Annexure A below.

  1. Standard Administration

Target Audience:

All persons providing information to PPS, all persons requesting and making use of information obtained by PPS by rightful consent and/or lawful processing.

  1. Annexure A: Other information we collect 

We and our third-party service providers may collect Other Information in a variety of ways, including:   

  • Through your internet browser:  Certain information is collected by most websites, such as your IP address (i.e., your computer’s address on the internet), screen resolution, operating system type (Windows or Mac) and version, internet browser type and version, time of the visit and the page(s) visited.  We use this information for purposes such as calculating PPS website usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, and administering the website.
  • Using cookies:  Cookies are pieces of information stored directly on the computer you are using.  Cookies allow us to recognise your computer and to collect information such as internet browser type, time spent on the website, pages visited, language preferences, etc.  We may use the information for security purposes, to facilitate navigation, to display information more effectively, to personalise your experience while visiting the website, or to gather statistical information about the usage of the Site.  Cookies further allow us to present to you the advertisements or offers that are most likely to appeal to you.  We may also use cookies to track your responses to our advertisements and we may use cookies or other files to track your use of other websites. 

You can refuse to accept other cookies we use by adjusting your browser settings.  However, if you do not accept these cookies, you may experience some inconvenience in your use of the website and some online financial products/services.

  • Using pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs or other similar technologies:  These may be used in connection with some website pages and HTML-formatted e-mail messages to, among other things, track the actions of website users and e-mail recipients, measure the success of our marketing campaigns and compile statistics about website usage and response rates.  
  • From you:  Some information (for example, your location or preferred means of communication) is collected when you voluntarily provide it.  Unless combined with personal information, this information does not personally identify you.
  • By aggregating information:  We may aggregate and use certain information (for example, we may aggregate information to calculate the percentage of our users who are in a certain area).
  1. Annexure B: Collecting and sharing of personal information about you

PPS may collect and share Personal Information available to PPS. Access to personal information within PPS is restricted to those individuals who have a need to access the information for our business purposes.

  • Other insurance and distribution parties 
    In the course of marketing and providing insurance, and processing claims, PPS may collect and make personal information available to third parties such as other insurers; reinsurers; insurance and reinsurance brokers and other intermediaries and agents; appointed representatives; distributors; affinity marketing partners; and financial institutions, securities firms and other business partners.
  • Our service providers 

External third-party service providers, such as medical professionals, accountants, auditors, actuaries, lawyers and other outside professional advisors, travel and medical assistance providers; call centre service providers; IT Systems, support and hosting service providers; printing, advertising, marketing and market research and analysis service providers; banks and financial institutions that service our accounts; third party claim administrators; document and records management providers; claim investigators and adjusters; construction consultants; engineers; examiners; consultants; translators; and similar third-party vendors and outsourced service providers that assist us in carrying out business activities.

  • Governmental authorities and third parties involved in court action 
    PPS may also collect and share Personal Information with governmental or other public authorities (including, but not limited to, workers’ compensation boards, courts, law enforcement, tax authorities and criminal investigations agencies); and third-party civil legal process participants and their accountants, auditors, lawyers and other advisors and representatives as we believe to be necessary or appropriate:

(a) To comply with applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence;

(b) To comply with legal process;

(c) To respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence;

(d) To enforce our terms and conditions;

(e) To protect our operations or those of any of our companies;

(f) To protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our companies, you or others; and

(g) To allow us to pursue available remedies or limit our damages.

  • Other third parties 

We may collect and share your Personal Information with payees; emergency providers (fire, police and medical emergency services); retailers; medical networks, attorneys, tracing agents, debt collectors and other persons that assist with the enforcement of agreements; organisations and providers; travel carriers; credit bureaus; credit reporting agencies; and other people involved in an incident that is the subject of a claim; as well as purchasers and prospective purchasers or other parties in any actual or proposed reorganisation, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other transaction relating to all or any portion of our business, assets or stock.

To check information provided, and to detect and prevent fraudulent claims, Personal Information (including details of injuries) may be put on registers of claims and shared with other insurers. We may search these registers when dealing with claims to detect, prevent and investigate fraud. Information may also be shared with industry associations e.g. ASISA.

Your spouse, dependants, partners, employer, joint applicant or account holder and other similar sources. People you have authorised to share your personal information, such as a person that makes a travel booking on your behalf, or a medical practitioner for insurance purposes.

If the law requires us to do so, we will ask for your consent before collecting personal information about you from third parties.

  • You

We collect information about you:

    • Directly from you;
    • Based on how you engage or interact with us, such as on social media, and through e-mails, letters, telephone calls, and surveys;
    • Based on your use of our products, services, or service channels (such as our websites and applications);

Personal Information may also be shared by you, on message boards, social media and blogs, and other services to which you are able to post information and materials. Please note that any information you post or disclose through these services will become public information; and may be available to visitors on the website and to the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, on online platforms. 


Contact details for any purposes related to these terms and conditions

Telephone: +27 (0)11 644 4200

E-mail: infoppsfoundation@pps.co.za