The Companies Act 71 of 2008, as amended by the
Companies Amendment Act 3 of 2011, and the
Companies Regulations 2011 came into effect on
1 May 2011.
The Act replaces the 1973 Companies Act . Some of the
provisions relating to the winding-up of insolvent companies in
the 1973 Companies Act will continue to apply until alternative
legislation has been brought into force to deal with the
winding-up of insolvent companies. Also any investigation by
the Minister or the Registrar of Companies under the 1973
Companies Act may be continued.
For the most part, however, the Act contains new
provisions to which companies are required to adhere to
from 1 May 2011. There are certain exceptions set out in
Schedule 5 which deal with transitional arrangements to
facilitate the transition from the 1973 Companies Act to
This booklet has been prepared taking into account
the Act and Regulations as at 1 May 2011.
Compiled by KPMG.