We will email you all the Company Registration Documents which your business needs to operate as a legal entity after registration.
That’s it. No documents are required – we do everything telephonically or online. Only Foreigners will be required to send a Passport copy.
CIPC issues all final and original documentation electronically, and we will email all final and original documentation to you. Our online system can therefore be used by anyone located anywhere in South Africa or Internationally. You will get a tax number allocated by SARS included.
Note: It is your responsibility to make sure that your Company Name does not interfere with any Trademarks. To check if your preferred Company name is not already taken (and for best practice on choosing your Company name), please test each name by following our Company Name Guidelines.
Please make sure that you have chosen the Company Registration Option most suitable for your current needs. If you are not sure which Option to choose, click here for more information about each of our Company Registration Options
Please note that the registration timeframes vary depending on the workload of CIPC. The most recent timeframes are updated on a regular basis here: Current CIPC Timeframes
1. Unique Identity (different to other Pty options)
Your Business will have a unique identity which creates a ‘Brand’ – as you choose a New Company Name of your choice.
2. Start Trading
A Pty Company, registered at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), allows a business to formally trade with its own Company Name and Bank Account. It may then also apply for beneficial certificates such as:
Most South African Tenders and Contracts also require that you have a registered Private Company.
3. Tax Benefits
A Pty Company qualifies to get business tax deductions such as:
4. Minimise Risk
An individual is protected when trading under a Pty Company, because the business is then a separate legal entity. Meaning that you (as the Owner / Director / Shareholder) take much less risk than when you are trading / dealing under your own name.
A Pty Company is more liquid (easy to buy and sell shares) than other Company formations. Via share allocation the Company can consist of 1 to 50 shareholders / directors.