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CIPC offices closed for second consecutive day

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The CIPC has reiterated the closure of a number of its offices in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban for the second consecutive day, with no reason given.

On Thursday, 16 September 2021, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) issued its second statement reiterating that a number of its offices would be closed to the public on Thursday, 16 September 2021. The CIPC offices in Sunnyside, Pretoria, Arcadia, Pretoria, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, Thibault Square, Cape Town, as well as in Kingsmead Office Park in Durban are all expected to re-open at 08:00 on Friday, 17 September 2021.

The CIPC has not provided any reason as to why the offices are closed. However, it stated that all reserved names that lapsed on Wednesday, 15 September 2021, and Thursday, 16 September 2021, now have their reservation dates moved forward to the date of the scheduled re-opening of the offices on Friday. Therefore, those reservation names will only lapse on that date.

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What are the functions of the CIPC?

The CIPC allows for the registration of companies, co-operatives and intellectual property rights. It monitors compliance with and contraventions of financial reporting standards, making recommendations to the Financial Reporting Standards Council (FRSC), as well as licenses business rescue practitioners. It also promotes compliance with relevant legislation, amongst others.

What are the ramifications of the closure of CIPC offices?

Due to the closure of CIPC offices, people will not be able to file for their company statutory information and documentation, and for those looking to register their companies, trademarks, patents designs and any copyrights, this will not be possible to do manually.

What is the CIPC’s legislative mandate?

The CIPC’s primary institutional mandate is derived from the Companies Act, 2008, establishing CIPC as a juristic person. It includes companies, close corporations, co-operatives, trademarks, patents, designs, aspects of copyright legislation, and the enforcement of rules and regulations in these areas of the law.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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