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South African Companies Act Signed

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

22 April 2011

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has signed the Companies Amendment Act of 2010 into law and, together with the Companies Regulations and all other relevant documents, it will come into effect on May 1, 2011.

"The new Companies Act is a major piece of legislation and reform, which has a number of features to it (and) will certainly improve the environment for business operation in South Africa," said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

"There is a reduction, particularly on the regulatory burden on small and micro enterprises. The requirement for financial reporting for small companies has been reduced considerably, in that they do not have to produce audited financial statements, but will need to have financial reporting at an appropriate low level," he added.

A major innovation is the introduction of a business rescue scheme, which means that instead of companies going into major judicial management as they do now - which is almost invariably a route to an eventual bankruptcy - a rescue process will be initiated. Davies confirmed that "creditors can be held at bay while stakeholders work to rescue the company, which is a major and very important innovation”.

The new Act does not allow registration of close corporations (CCs), and therefore none will be registered after the Act comes into legal force. However, CCs that are already in the system will remain active indefinitely, unless they choose to convert into the corporate regime of the Companies Act of 2008.

The signing of the Companies Amendment Act also implies that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) will be open for business as of May 1. The Act gives the CIPC powers to investigate companies and to ensure that they comply with the legislation.

TAGS: South Africa | compliance | small business | business | law | accounting | legislation | micro business | financial reporting | regulation | Africa

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