Register a Company in South Africa

We take the hassle of your company registration with our online application process.


What is a Private Company and why should you choose this form of registration?


A Private Company (Pty Limited) is an entity, or “judicial person“, that has a separate life from its owners. The Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 requires a company to perform rights and duties of its own, like submit tax returns, and perform other statutory obligations.


It is the simplest and most common form of enterprise to be registered in South Africa, and as a Private Company, it may not offer shares to the public.


Most private companies are small and owner-managed entities. They must have at least one director and one incorporator. Both the director and the incorporator may be the same person. Should you wish to register a company in South Africa but are a foreign national, it is definitely possible. The Companies and Intellectual Properties (CIPC) will require your company to have a valid South African address, so be sure you have one before you start any application with us.


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All companies must have a Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI) which sets out the rules agreed by the shareholders for the management and maintenance of the business. Private companies are registered with a standard or a customized MOI. A standard MOI is provided by law and is integrated into the company registration process. 


Your new company will end with “(Pty) Ltd” or “Proprietary Limited”.


Do you meet the requirements to register a company?


  • Are you 18 years or older?
  • Do you have a valid identity document (for South African citizens)/ or passport (for foreign nationals)?
  • Is your address a South African one?


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What our fee includes:


  • A free inquiry at the CIPC to see if your preferred company name is available and apply for it as a part of the registration process.
  • Once your registration has been successful, we will send all your company documents electronically. These documents will include a standard MOI, Notice of Incorporation, Registration Certificate, and Official Disclosure.
  • You will receive a letter confirming the shareholding of your company, as well as a Share Certificate for each shareholder. Our SAIBA accredited accountant prepares these official documents for your company.
  • Your company will receive a free SARS income tax number.
  • Remaining informed is very important, so we will send you updates throughout the course of the registration process.
  • There are no additional costs. Our fee is all-inclusive, which means it includes the CIPC’s name reservation and company registration fee as well.
  • You will receive a reminder from us on the anniversary of your company’s registration to remind you to submit your annual return. This is to help you avoid penalties for a late submission.
  • We offer an online form to make the application process easier.
  • A company registration typically takes the Companies and Intellectual Properties (CIPC) 3 – 10 business days to process. This includes the name reservation process.
  • Receive a complimentary copy of our e-book Start a Micro Business in South Africa!
  • We’ll even include a complimentary copy of our Business Plan workbook!
  • As an added bonus, we will prepare a free BEE Affidavit for your start-up.


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