Register a Company in South Africa

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We can help you to register a company in South Africa or with a company registration (like a private company or (Pty) Ltd).

What is the process?

  1. You answer an initial questionnaire to establish your requirements.
  2. We recommend what needs to be done and quote you a fixed price.
  3. You accept our quote and pay us.
  4. You answer a further questionnaire.
  5. We create the necessary documents customised for you. You review and approve them.
  6. The relevant people sign them.
  7. They get filed with CIPC.

What does it cost?

If you are interested, please fill in form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your specific requirements and give you a quote.

How long does it take?

About 5 minutes to complete the initial questionnaire. About 24 hours for us to quote you a fixed price. About 20 minutes for you to complete the second questionnaire. About five days for us to create the necessary documents. It is not possible to estimate how long it will take CIPC to register a company once the documents have been filed with them.

How you benefit

  • Register company as quickly and easily as possible
  • Get this complex procedure right the first time
  • Avoid having to amend the memorandum of a shelf company
  • Start with a new company registered under the new Companies Act

By using our service you can:

  • save time by doing it faster,
  • save money by getting it done right.

Who do we register a company for?

This is for anyone who wants to register a company.

Do you have lots of companies to register?

Do you need to register lots of companies? We offer special rates if you plan to do more than 20. To discuss how we can help you, just email us your details and we will contact you.

What did people do before 1 May 2011?

If you are starting a new business now (after 1 May 2011 when the new Companies Act commenced) there are new things that you have to consider.

Before 1 May 2011 people would have either bought a shelf company or registered a new one. Then they would have concluded a shareholders agreement to regulate the relationship between the shareholders. The shareholders agreement would have dealt with all the important issues and it would have included a clause saying that it prevails over the “memo-and-articles” and Companies Act if there is a conflict. The shareholders agreement would have been the most important document and people would have paid little attention to the “memo-and-articles”.

What should I do under the new Companies Act?

Since 1 May 2011 everything has changed. The shareholders agreement must be consistent with the new Companies Act and the Memorandum of Incorporation (memo). So you have to draft the memo first, which will be based on one of the standard forms published by CIPC. The memo can alter the Companies Act and now deals with most of the issues that used to be included in shareholder agreements. While drafting the memo you will be able to decide what issues are left over to be dealt with in the shareholders agreement. The shareholders agreement has therefore gone from hero-to-zero. The shareholders agreement gives you flexibility and confidentiality, both of which can be important. If you want something to be confidential and not have to be in the memo, then deal with it in a shareholders agreement. You might find that once you have created a memorandum, the shareholders agreement is no longer necessary.

So registering a company is no longer a purely secretarial task, it effectively involves drafting the equivalent of a shareholders agreement in the form of the memo. You have to agree to all the issues (and include them in the memo) that would normally be included in the shareholders agreement before you register the company.

The other option is to register a company with a default memo and then amend the memorandum afterwards if necessary. But this really means that you might have to do the task twice.