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CIPC clarifies filing procedures during lockdown

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The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has clarified e-filing procedures during lockdown.

Here is the full text of the statement: Owing to the would like to advise customers of the following measures being put in place by CIPC in response to the President’s announcement of the total lockdown of South Africa as from midnight 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020.

Please read this notice in conjunction with other notices of same date.

CIPC will only re-activate all other services as from 16 April 2020. During this period, all service related mailboxes and upload functionality will be de-activated as well.

For the purposes of filing Annual Returns, it should be noted that the filing period, which falls within 25 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 will be extended until 30 April 2020. If the filing period falls outside of such period, the normal prescribed filing period will be applicable. This extension of the filing period has the effect of deferring penalties, compliance checklist and preparation of annual financial statements accordingly.

For purposes of de-registrations, CIPC will not take any action by placing companies and close corporations into deregistration for non-compliance with Annual Returns or finally deregister any company or close corporation that is currently in deregistration process for non-compliance with Annual Returns, until further notice.

For purposes of name reservations, all name reservations that falls within the 25 March 2020 to 15 April 2020 period, will automatically be extended until 30 April 2020.

For purposes of business rescue, a general extension is provided for business rescue proceedings which commenced, but which did not complete the procedure as stated within section 129 of the Companies Act, 2008 (the Act), until 30 April 2020. Furthermore, for proceedings that have not yet commenced in terms of section 129 of the Act, dies non will apply until 16 April 2020.

CIPC thanks you for your understanding during this unprecedented time.

Yours sincerely,

Adv. R Voller

Commissioner: CIPC