How to Register A Business/Organization in South Africa

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In most countries, registration of business or organizational firms has remained an ethical procedure for owning a private firm that involves finances. Prospective business owners must follow the laid-down procedures by the government’s corporate body for business and company ownership.

Either you want to register a business, company, or institution, the procedures remain the same, but the application processing time differs.

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To register your business or organization in South Africa, you should follow the following steps:

  1. Register online as a customer with Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) so that you can transact with CIPC or register through an existing customer e.g. ask your accountant to register for you.
  2. Reserve a company name by completing the Application to Reserve a Name, Form CoR 9.1. A name reservation is valid for six months.
  3. Pay a filing fee.
  4. Submit the following supporting documents with your application:
    • certified passport copies (if foreign national) or certified identify document (ID) copies (if South African) of all indicated initial directors and incorporators
    • a certified ID copy of the applicant if the application is not made by one of the indicated initial directors or incorporators
    • if an incorporator is a juristic person, then a power of attorney for the representative authorized by that juristic person to incorporate the company and sign all related documents
    • if another person incorporates the company and signs all related documents to the incorporation on behalf of the incorporators and initial directors, a power of attorney and certified ID copy of such a person is required
    • if a name was reserved before the filing of incorporation documents, then a valid name reservation document is necessary.
  1. If you are registering a standard non-profit company (without members), submit the following:
    • CoR15.1C
    • CoR 14.1
    • supporting documents
    • The following documents may be filed with the CoR15.1C:
      • CoR14.1 Annexure A
      • CoR14.1 Annexure B  if the name to be reserved at incorporation
  2. If you are registering a customized non-profit company (without members), submit the following:
    • CoR15.1D
    • CoR 14.1
    • supporting documents
    • The following documents may be filed with the CoR15.1D
      • CoR14.1 Annexure A
      • CoR14.1 Annexure B  if the name to be reserved at incorporation
      • CoR14.1 Annexure C  if ring-fencing
      • CoR14.1 Annexure D if auditor, audit committee members, and/or company secretary is appointed.
  3. If you are registering a customized non-profit company (with members), submit the following:
    • CoR15.1E
    • CoR 14.1
    • supporting documents
    • The following documents may be filed with the CoR15.1E:
      • CoR14.1 Annexure A
      • CoR14.1 Annexure B  if the name to be reserved at incorporation
      • CoR14.1 Annexure C  if ring-fencing
      • CoR14.1 Annexure D if auditor, audit committee members, and/or company secretary is appointed.

        How long does it take?

      • It takes a maximum of three days to reserve a name for a company.
      • It takes 25 working days from receipt of the application to register a non-profit company.

Please note: If a proposed name is rejected, the company may still be registered and the registration number then becomes the name of the company at incorporation, until such time as an appropriate name has been reserved/approved.  

By following the steps above, we believe you can apply for business registration and be approved.

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