CIPC Services Hit Pause for Weekend Upgrade: Plan Ahead

  • The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, has scheduled a system maintenance from 19 to 22 May 2023, during which all of its services will be unavailable.
  • The decision to carry out the maintenance during the weekend is to minimise the impact on business operations. Customers are advised to prepare accordingly to ensure minimal disruption to their activities.
  • Despite the temporary inconvenience, regular system maintenance is crucial for the CIPC to continue providing secure, efficient, and reliable services to businesses across South Africa.

PRETORIA — The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), has announced a scheduled system maintenance from Friday, 19 May 2023, to Monday, 22 May 2023. During this period, all CIPC systems and services will be temporarily unavailable.

The maintenance will commence at 16:00 on Friday, 19 May, and is expected to conclude at 07:00 on Monday, 22 May. The decision to schedule the system maintenance during the weekend was likely made to minimise disruption to business operations, considering that the CIPC’s services are heavily utilised by businesses across South Africa for various regulatory and compliance purposes.

The CIPC issued a public notice, indicating that the maintenance will affect all of its systems and services. This comprehensive maintenance could include a wide range of tasks, such as software updates, security patches, server checks, and data backups. The specific nature of the maintenance work has not been disclosed.

The CIPC plays a crucial role in South Africa’s economic landscape, facilitating the registration of companies and intellectual property rights. It also ensures regulatory compliance and corporate governance standards. The temporary halt of its services could potentially affect thousands of businesses nationwide.

Customers are advised to plan ahead and make necessary arrangements to minimise any potential impact on their operations. They should take note that no applications or services will be available during the maintenance period. However, the CIPC is confident that the chosen maintenance window, falling largely over the weekend, will cause minimal disruption to its customers.

The CIPC’s ICT Management issued the notice and apologised for any inconvenience caused. The team also expressed their trust in the understanding and cooperation of their customers during this necessary period of maintenance.

The CIPC is headquartered at the dti Campus, Block F – Entfutfukweni, located at 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Customers seeking further information or assistance can reach the CIPC via their call centre at 086 100 2472 or via email at More information is also available on their official website,

Scheduled system maintenance is a standard procedure for organisations like the CIPC that rely heavily on IT infrastructure to deliver their services. Such maintenance helps to ensure the stability, security, and efficient operation of these systems, which are vital for the functioning of businesses across the country. Regular maintenance also prevents potential system failures that could result in much more significant disruption and inconvenience.

The CIPC’s commitment to maintaining its systems underscores its dedication to providing reliable and secure services to businesses in South Africa. This planned maintenance serves as a reminder of the critical role that IT infrastructure plays in our increasingly digital economy. As the weekend approaches, businesses are advised to prepare accordingly and look forward to the resumption of CIPC services on Monday, 22 May 2023.