Changing the Constitution of the Co-operative

As long as any changes to your constitution follow the Co-operatives Act and the principles of a Co-operative, you may change your constitution to suit your own requirements.

You may only change your constitution by taking a special resolution (decision), which is a decision taken by at least two thirds of the members present at a general meeting.

  • The constitution of a Co-operative can set a higher majority for a special resolution if the members wish to do so.
  • Members need to be informed that they are required to vote on the proposed change, so you need to send them a notice in advance about the meeting and the proposed change that will be voted on.
  • The Co-operative must then submit the special resolution to the Registrar of Co-operatives, so that their original constitution can be changed accordingly. You do this by paying the required fee, completing Form CO-OP 6 and sending it to the CIPC.
  • The Registrar must register the change to your constitution, provided that it follows the Co-operatives Act and the Co-operatives principles and provided that your Co-operative has followed the correct procedure for making changes.

To apply for changes to the co-operative, follow these steps:

Register as a Customer

To view information on how to register as a customer, click here.  If you are already registered as a customer, and know your customer code and password, proceed to step 2.

Deposit funds

Deposit R17.50 per clause of the co-operative constitution that you would like to change, into the CIPC bank account. For the bank account details, click here.

Apply for a change to the co-operatives constitution

icons-print.pngPrint and complete form CO-OP 6

Scan and e-mail or post the completed and signed documents together with supporting information to

icons-doc.pngThe following supporting documents must be included in your e-mail:

    • The original written resolution or statement of consent to the name change signed by all members of the co-operative
    • Certified identity copy of the chairperson of the meeting
    • Power of attorney (if applicable)

Service turnaround time:  15 working days from the date of receipt of the application.

Click here to lodge an enquiry.

Important:  Queries relating to  transactions already lodged should only be submitted once the Service Turnaround Time has lapsed.