advantages of company formation in South Africa

South Africa is a middle-income, emerging market with an abundant supply of natural resources; well-developed financial, legal, communications, energy, and transport sectors; a stock exchange that is the 18th largest in the world; and a modern infrastructure supporting a relatively efficient distribution of goods to major urban centers throughout the region.

  • South Africa is the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the BRICS economies in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 2012 Global Competitiveness Index

  • South Africa ranks 35th out of 183 countries for ease of doing business

  • Over the past decade, substantial increases in government social service spending have helped reduce poverty, but now the government has begun to place a greater emphasis on infrastructure, employment and economic growth

  • South Africa’s success in reforming its economic policies is probably best reflected by its GDP figures, which reflected unprecedented 62 quarters of uninterrupted economic growth between 1993 and 2007 when GDP rose by 5.1%

  • The country is politically stable and has a well-capitalised banking system, abundant natural resources, well-developed regulatory systems as well as research and development capabilities, and an established manufacturing base.

requirement to open a company


  • Minimum 1 Director and 1 Shareholder (any nationality)
  • No Minimum Capital Requirement
  • Registered Local office address is required


  • Completed and Signed registration forms.
  • Details of the owners and directors,
  • Proof of Identity of the directors and the shareholders
  • Proof of residential address
  • Certified copies of Articles and Memorandum of Association
  • Notice of Incorporation


  • Company Name
  • Preparation of the company By-laws and other necessary documents.
  • Registration of the Company at CIPC
  • Services for Registered office address
  • Opening of Bank Account
  • Registration for Income Tax, PAYE, UIF and VAT


It usually takes about 5 to 6 weeks to incorporate a company in South Africa.
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