CIPC Deregisters Over 647,000 Companies and Close Corporations in Massive Annual Return Deregistration Process

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  1. The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has deregistered 647,853 companies and close corporations as part of its Annual Return Deregistration process, targeting entities non-compliant for over three years.
  2. Email notifications for the final deregistration will be sent during the first week of April 2023, and affected companies can apply for reinstatement through the CIPC website.
  3. The CIPC emphasizes the importance of maintaining an up-to-date corporate registry and encourages businesses to comply with regulations and file annual returns on time to foster a well-regulated business landscape.

In a sweeping move to clear the corporate registry, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has deregistered 647,853 companies and close corporations as part of its Annual Return Deregistration process. The systematic final deregistration took place on March 30, 2023, following Notice 19 of 2023, which was issued to customers.

The deregistration process targeted companies and close corporations that have been in the Annual Return Deregistration process for more than three years and for which the notification process as per Companies Regulation 40 had been completed. This move is part of the CIPC’s ongoing efforts to maintain an up-to-date and accurate corporate registry, ensuring that all active businesses remain compliant with the necessary regulations.

Due to the CIPC’s annual financial year shutdown, email notifications of the final deregistration will begin during the first week of April 2023. Companies and close corporations that have been deregistered can apply for reinstatement by following the guidelines on the CIPC’s website ( under Enterprise Maintenance.

Reinstatement of a company or close corporation involves submitting the necessary documents and fees, as well as meeting any outstanding compliance requirements. Companies and close corporations seeking more information on the reinstatement process are encouraged to visit the CIPC website, where they can find detailed instructions on how to apply for reinstatement, as well as information on the necessary fees and compliance requirements.

The CIPC continues to emphasize the importance of maintaining an accurate and up-to-date corporate registry, urging all active companies and close corporations to stay in compliance with the relevant regulations and to file their annual returns on time. This will prevent unnecessary deregistration and help maintain a healthy business environment in the country.

CIPC’s massive deregistration move sends a strong message to businesses that compliance with annual return filing requirements is crucial. Annual returns provide vital information about a company’s activities, financial status, and management structure, allowing for transparency and accountability within the business sector. By ensuring that only compliant and active companies remain on the registry, the CIPC aims to foster a more competitive and well-regulated business landscape.

While the deregistration process may seem daunting to some, the CIPC has made efforts to streamline the reinstatement procedure for those affected. Companies and close corporations that have been deregistered and wish to resume operations must first settle any outstanding fees and penalties before submitting their reinstatement applications.

In addition to following the guidelines outlined on the CIPC website, businesses seeking reinstatement may also benefit from seeking professional advice. Legal and accounting experts can assist in navigating the reinstatement process, ensuring that all required documents are properly prepared and submitted, and that any outstanding compliance issues are addressed.

As the CIPC works to improve the overall quality and integrity of the corporate registry, businesses are urged to take their compliance responsibilities seriously. By staying up-to-date with filing requirements and maintaining accurate records, companies and close corporations can avoid the inconvenience of deregistration and contribute to a more transparent and accountable business environment in the country.

For more information on the CIPC’s Annual Return Deregistration process, compliance requirements, or reinstatement procedures, visit or contact the CIPC directly.

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