A new Act was born. The new Companies Act is in full force and effect.

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”)is also in operation today from 08h00, check out CIPC’s website for information and detail.

The website was not in operation on 1 May and with all the public holidays there was news as to whether the CIPC would be, as promised, in operation on 3 May. 

The office hours are:



Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 
08:00 – 15:30

Thursdays: 08:30 – 15:30

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.


and contact details are:

Call Centre: 086 100 2472 (CIPC)

International Tel: +27 12 394 9500

Fax Number: 0861 843 888

International Fax: +27 12 394 9501

Email: info@cipc.co.za

Docex: 256 Pretoria


The main functions of the CIPC are the:

  • Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof;
  • Disclosure of Information on its business registers;
  • Promotion of education and awareness of Company and Intellectual Property Law
  • Promotion of compliance with relevant legislation;
  • Efficient and effective enforcement of relevant legislation;
  • Monitoring compliance with and contraventions of financial reporting standards, and making recommendations thereto to Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC);
  • Licensing of Business rescue practitioners;
  • Report, research and advise Minister on matters of national policy relating to company and intellectual property law.

Take note of the “Frequently asked questions” referred to on the CIPC’s website.