The Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) was formed by the amalgamation of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (CIPRO) and the Office of Companies and Intellectual Property Enforcement (OCIPE), with effect from 1 May 2011, in line with the effective date of the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008.
The CIPC must amongst other things monitor compliance with the Act, receiving or initiating complaints concerning alleged contraventions of the Act, investigate complaints, issuing compliance notices and where necessary referring alleged offences to the National Prosecuting Authority.
The Commission must also promote education and awareness of company and intellectual property law and therefore releases information and guidance notes to assist the public on the implementation of the Companies Act.
The CIPC releases additional information to assist in the application and implementation of the Companies Act.
The CIPC can issue guidance to the public by issuing explanatory notices outlining its procedures or publishing non-binding opinions on the interpretation of any provisions of the Act in terms of section 188(2)(b) of the Companies Act, 2008.
CIPC has released the results of the Independent Review Survey that was published in November 2016. Please find the results of the aforementioned survey.
The forms are available for download on the CIPC website.
Due to the fact that certain requirements of the Companies Act, 2008 is applicable to Close Corporations, certain of the forms will also apply to Close Corporations.
- Comparison between old forms versus new forms for Close Corporations (88Kb PDF)
- Comparison between old forms versus new forms for Companies (175Kb PDF)
For any operational CIPC issues please refer to the CIPC page on the Members in Small and Medium Practices page.
- Clarification on the application of section 11(3)(b)of the Companies Act 71, 2008 to registered insurers (240Kb PDF)
- Relationship between annual returns, de-registration and re-instatements (153Kb PDF)