Register a Public Company
A public company is a company that may offer its shares to the public, but is restricted in its right to make pre-emptive share offers.
Public companies must have at least three directors. Only public companies may be listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. Public companies must be audited and must produce audited financial statements which are tabled with their shareholders annually. Depending on the size of the public company, the company may also be required to have an Audit Committee and a Social and Ethics Committee.
A public company may only be registered via e-mail.
To register a public company, 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 R425 for company registration without a name reservation or R475 for a company registration with a name reservation into the CIPC bank account. For the bank account details, click here.
Reserve a Corporate Name
For more information about name reservation, click here. Any for profit company may be registered with or without a company name. If a reserved name is not included in the initial application, the company will be registered with its enterprise number. A name may be added at a later stage through a company name change (amendment of MOI). A company name change requires an approved name reservation and a special resolution to effect a change to the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).
Available Platforms for name reservations:
- New E-services – www.cipc.co.za / Online Transacting / New E-services
- BizPortal – www.bizportal.gov.za
- CIPC Mobile App
- Self Service Terminal
- Banks (as part of company registration process)
- Associated name reservations or names requiring supporting documentation firstname.lastname@example.org
- e-Services – www.cipc.co.za / Online Transacting / e-Services
Click here for the CIPC service standards. Service Standard is dependent on payment for the transaction being made.
Click here to log an enquiry (only after the indicated service standard has lapsed).
Register your company via e-mail
Print and complete the following forms relating to incorporation:
- CoR14.1 Annexure D. (it is mandatory to appoint an auditor, audit committee members and a company secretary.)
- For a public company, you need to submit a CoR15.1B or draft your own MOI. It is advisable to retain the services of a legal professional for this purpose.
- You may impose restrictions on the management and ownership of the company in respect of any of the alterable provisions of the MOI. This is called ring-fencing of provisions. For example if you wish to limit the business activities of the company can undertake, you will need to ring-fence certain provisions of the MOI. In order to ring-fence provisions, you need to submit CoR14.1C.
Scan and e-mail the completed and signed documents together with supporting information to email@example.com;
The following supporting documents must be included in your e-mail:
- Confirmation notice of name reservation - CoR9.4 (if applicable)
- Certified identity copy of applicant
- Certified identity copy of all incorporators and directors
- Power of attorney (if applicable)