The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. South Africa is a parliamentare constitutional republic, with the president as head of state. Local currency is the South African Rand (ZAR), official languages are English, Afrikaans and 9 other languages. South Africa is a member of the United Nations (UN), the BRICS and other international organisations.
South Africa is the strongest and most dominant economy in southern Africa. The pillars of this economical strength are the service sector (65% of the GDP) and a well-developed industrial sector.
South Africa has a mixed legal system.
Corporate practice is regulated in the Companies Act of 2008 and other legal statutes. The first law regulating commercial practice dates back as far as 1926
Main types of businesses:
- Sole Proprietorship
- Private Companies
- Public Companies
- Personal Liability Companies
- State Owned Companies
- Non-profit Companies
- Foreign and External Companies
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is responsible for registration in the commercial register. The CIPC offers a variety of registration services online.
Contents of the register:
- Full legal name
- Director and proprietors
- Current status (active/inactive)
- Type of business
- Full address
- Additional data
Additionally, the following documents can be obtained from the commercial register:
Certificate of Good Standing – a document attesting that the company is capable of acting and solvent. It confirms the company pursues their commitments and is neither bankrupt nor in debt. Furthermore there is no reorganisation, merger or liquidation taking place.
Certificate of Incorporation – attestation of the registration of the company in South Africa. This certificate contains: Date of registration, business type, common stock, founder and shareholders.
Memorandum of Association – Copy of the association articles and the memorandum itself.
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
Information on the directors and shareholders of international companies is not publicly available, therefore just the information on directors and shareholders of local companies is included in the extract.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 3-5 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
Legalization of extracts from South Africa
South Africa did not accede to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents in 1966. Therefore, all south african documents are subject to legalization.
An extract from the business register of South Africa can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- File legal claims
- Register legal entities with foreign participation
- Check potential employers
You can order an extract without mandatory registration or subscription. Just complete our form and our employees will investigate for missing information, provide you with the extract, translate it to English and deliver the original, the translation as well as the bill for our services to you via mail.
There is no risk involved for you as we provide you with the documents in question on a fixed price. If requested, we will have the extract verified and apostilled. The documents are sent to you by mail. Special fees for the apostille apply.
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We verify whether a commercial register contains information about the company you are interested in, free of charge. Order a preliminary extract and you will receive the following information:
- Availability of an entry in a commercial register
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|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an Electronic Extract from South Africa||from 53,55 €||from 45,00 €|
|Price for the translation of an Extract from South Africa||from 59,00€||from 50,00€|
|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 1428,00 €||from 1200,00 €|