BizPortal has offered clarity to South African businesses considered part of the essential services sector, stipulating that they are required to apply for a new CIPC Certificate, and dispose of their old ones.
In a statement on Thursday, 16 April 2020, BizPortal announced that companies, which are registered through the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission’s (CIPC) BizPortal to perform essential services during the lockdown period, will be required to have a new certificate from the BizPortal website for the extended period, which begun today, 17 April 2020. The new certificates are valid throughout the extended lockdown period, with the previous certificate being deemed invalid.
Companies have been given until Monday, 20 April 2020, to adjust to the new requirements, which will be enforced from the start of next week. The statement reminds the public that only companies which are considered essential services according to the regulations gazetted on 25 March 2020, will be issued with a certificate, with everyone else instructed to abide by the lockdown regulations.
The statement added that, “Where the CIPC finds that certificates have been issued to companies which do not meet the definitions of an essential service, such certificate will be revoked, and the company will be referred to the South African Police Services. False declaration by the company is a criminal offence and will result in prosecution, in terms of Lockdown Regulations.”