In order to change an existing company name, or to add a name to a company that is trading with its registration number, a name must first be reserved. Once a name reservation has been approved, the company must apply for a change to its memorandum of incorporation (MoI). 

 

Name Reservation

For more information on name reservation, refer to www.cipc.co.za / Register your Business / Register a Company or alternatively go to http://www.cipc.co.za/index.php/register-your-business/companies/.

Note:  Name reservation that is to be used for a company name change MUST be done through any of the below channels:

 

NB: Co-operative name reservations must only be filed or done through new e-service and not on any of platform mentioned hereunder.


(DO NOT RESERVE NAME VIA NEW E-SERVICES FOR COMPANY NAME CHANGE)

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Company Name Change 

A profit company must change its name by way of shareholders special resolution.  For a Non-Profit company with members, it is by way of members’ special resolution.  In the case of a Non-Profit company without members, a directors special resolution.

 

Although the function is automated and a change of name may only be submitted via an authorised electronic channel, a company must still comply with the provisions of section 16 and CIPC may request at any time for such to be provided to confirm legal compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act 73 of 2008.

 

Available Platforms for company name change:

 Click here for step by step guide for company name change via E-Services.

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Nb. kindly note that external companies cannot be done online, it needs to still be sent to moiamendments@cipc.co.za