How To Register A Company In South Africa

In terms of the Companies Act, 2008, a company may be registered with or without a company name. When a company is registered without a reserved name, its registration number automatically becomes the company name. This is the quickest way to register a company.

Such a company may transact with a trading (business) name, or may apply to add a reserved name at a later stage. In this case, the company will need to first reserve a name and then apply for a name change, which constitutes a change to its Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) (refer to  Maintain a Business).

If your initial name reservation application is not approved, you will need to apply for new names. You may apply for between 1 and 4 names during each application process. Each name reservation application costs R50. A company registration may vary between R125 and R475 (R125 for a private company, R475 for a non-profit company registered without members).

There are five types of companies that you can register.  If you wish to run a franchise business, you would register a private company.  If you wish to register a church, you would register a non-profit company.  A private school could be registered as a private company or non-profit company, depending on its objectives.  An association of professionals such as lawyers, doctors, civil engineers etc, may be registered as a personal liability company. 

Defensive names

To view information on defensive names, click here.

How much does it cost to register a company in South Africa?

A company registration may vary between R125 and R475 (R125 for a private company, R475 for a non-profit company registered without members). There are five types of companies that you can register. If you wish to run a franchise business, you would register a private company.

Where do you register a company in South Africa?

  1. You can register your company online on the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) website.
  2. You can also register your company via a bank, including Nedbank and First National Bank.

What is required to register a company in South Africa?

The documents you will need to complete the registration are:

  • Your name reservation confirmation letter;
  • Your signed COR 15.1A form;
  • A certified copy of your South African ID and/or;
  • Completed Power of Attorney form – should you be acting as a representative or proxy.