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On 29 December 2022, the South African government published the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 including amendments to the Companies Act 71 of 2008 that came into effect on 1 April 2023. These amendments include the requirement to keep a register of Beneficial Owners updated at CIPC together with its standard compliance requirements.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is beneficial ownership (BO)?

BO isn’t just about who owns shares in a company. It’s about understanding who has significant influence or control, even if they don’t own shares directly. Think of it as identifying the real people behind a business, ensuring there’s clarity and transparency in operations.


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The following entity types are required to file Beneficial Ownership information, if applicable:

  • Profit companies
  • Non-profit companies
  • External companies
  • Close Corporations 

In South Africa, transparency in business operations is paramount. Registering your beneficial ownership with the CIPC not only ensures you’re adhering to local regulations but also builds trust with stakeholders. It’s a proactive step that showcases your commitment to ethical business practices and positions you favorably in the market.


Starting on the right foot is essential. By understanding and registering your BO details early on, you’re setting a foundation of transparency and compliance. It’s not just about avoiding penalties; it’s about establishing a reputation of trustworthiness from the outset, which can be invaluable as your business grows.

You can read more about beneficial ownership at CIPC in our detailed explaination here.


At Company Partners, we believe in making complex processes straightforward. Our team of experts will guide you through the intricacies of BO, ensuring you’re not only compliant but also confident in your understanding. From initial registration to any necessary updates, we’re your dedicated partner in navigating this essential aspect of business in South Africa.

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Indeed, there are. South African regulations are stringent about BO, and non-compliance can lead to substantial fines. But it’s not just about avoiding penalties; accurate registration ensures you’re operating with integrity, which can have long-term benefits for your business reputation and relationships.


BO in trusts can be a bit complex. Essentially, they refer to situations where one individual or entity holds assets on behalf of another. It’s a way to manage and protect assets, but like all forms of ownership, it’s crucial that these trusts are transparent and correctly registered to ensure all parties involved are protected and compliant.

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