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Standard Industrial Classification Codes (SIC Codes)

Standard Industrial Classification codes (SIC Codes), are an internationally accepted set of codes for the standard classification of all economic activities. These codes are prescribed by the Department of International Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

Click here, for an extract from the preface of the fifth edition of the Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities, as published by Statistics South Africa.

The SIC was designed for the classification of establishments according to the kind of economic activity, and provides a standardised framework for the collection, tabulation, analysis and presentation of statistical data on establishments.

It is recommended that public and private institutions, as well as private persons, engaged in the classification of establishments as statistical units, use the SIC as a basis as far as this is feasible. The general application of the principles and definitions of this Classification will promote the uniformity and comparability of statistics complied from different sources.

The SIC code consists of a 5 digit number with each digit of the code having the following significance: -

First Digit = Major Division
Second Digit = Division
Third Digit = Major Group
Fourth Digit = Group
Fifth Digit = Sub-Group

If, as an example, we look at the SIC code 33711, we will be able to extract the following meaning: -

3 The first digit or Major Division = Manufacturing.
3 The second digit or Division = Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel; manufacture of chemicals and chemical products; manufacture of rubber and plastic products.
7 The third digit or Major Group = Manufacture of rubber products.
1 The fourth digit or Group = Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres.
1 The fifth digit or Sub-Group = Manufacture of tyres and tubes.

CIPC is busy extending the "granularity" of our database to include from the second digit (Division) of the SIC code, which will accommodate a more accurate classification of registered enterprises.

Please note: Some of the SIC codes may not appear on the list, but CIPC is currently in the process of updating the list.


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