Beneficial Ownership

What you need to know

In accordance with the General Laws (anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terror Financing) Amendment Act, 22 of 2022, which amended the Companies Act, 2008, companies are required to submit Beneficial Ownership information to CIPC within 10 days of the company`s initial registration.  

From 1 July 2024, CIPC is enforcing beneficial ownership declarations alongside annual return filings which means that companies can no longer file annual returns without a valid Beneficial Ownership declaration.  

Additionally, each time there is a change of beneficial ownership, a new declaration is required. 

CIPC requires both a security register and a beneficial ownership register which we will compile for you.  All you need to do is complete the online application, sign the mandate and upload your ID`s or passports for foreigners.  We will file the submission with CIPC who will issue a Beneficial Ownership filing certificate once they have checked and verified the information. 

Good to know

The first Beneficial Owner is included the application price;  thereafter add R100 for each additional Beneficial Owner.

If your company has never issued shares to the shareholders you would need to do so first. Please click HERE

Price :  From R590
How long does it take?   1-7 Days

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is the process of identifying the individual or “warm body” who ultimately owns or who controls a company. 
To identify who owns or controls a company to help combat money laundering and combat terrorism financing.  
No, there can be more than one person who is the beneficial owner of the company.
No, it will only be available to law enforcement agencies
Signed mandate, Securities Register, Certified IDs and a Disclosure Diagram
A securities register is a list of all the current shareholders of a company. These include Individuals, Trusts and other Companies. The Beneficial Ownership register is a list of only the Individuals who control or own more than 5% of the company. 
• Any individual with who has company voting rights.• Any individual who has the right to appoint or remove directors.• Any Individual who has the ability to materially influence the management of a company.
An affected company is a public company, a state-owned company or a private company if more than 10% of its issued shares have been transferred within 24 months immediately before the assessment (other than to between related persons) or a private company that is a subsidiary of a holding company. Affected companies must have separate Beneficial Ownership and Securities Registers.
Yes. The individuals whose shares are being held for them by other people in order to remain anonymous are considered to be the beneficial owners. 
Yes and No, If the NPC has members, then Yes; however, if the NPC has no members, then NO
• 10 days after the registration of the company.• With 10 days after any change.• Within 30 days after the anniversary of the company. (Even if there are not changes)
No, Trusts are required to register with the Master of the High Court who will share the data with CIPC
No, the information is already captured with CIPC.   The Trust is still required to register with The Master of the High Court and complete the Securities Register with CIPC
Not automatically; only if they have the power to appoint or remove other directors. 
No, a disclosure certificate only states if the company is compliant or not
No, as this information is already known to CIPC, close corporations only have to file Beneficial Ownership Interests
No, they only need to file the beneficial owners register
Non-affected companies are all companies other than affected companies and can combine their Beneficial register and Security Register into one document. 
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