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How to re-instate a company

If your company has been deregistered, you have two options: Apply for reinstatement or register a new company.

The company or close corporation will be reinstated if:
The company or close corporation was in business at the time of deregistration.
Immovable property is registered in the name of the deregistered business
The court issued an order re-instating the company or close corporation.

If none of the above can be proven by the documentary evidence, the CIPC will not re-instate the company or close corporation and it is advised that a new company be registered

In terms of section 82(4) of the Companies Act, any interested person may apply to re-instate a company or close corporation.

To apply for reinstatement with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), follow these steps:

Ensure the company was active or had immovable property at the time of deregistration. If not, we recommend registering a new company instead.
Prepare the supporting documents (full list below).
Email the application with supporting documents to
After the application has been processed, file all outstanding annual returns to complete the reinstatement process.

Supporting documents:
Verified/certified copy of the applicant's ID
Verified/certified copies of the directors' or members' IDs
Application for Re-instatement of Deregistered Company (COR40.5)
Mandate from the applicant (requesting the company be reinstated)
Proof of business activity or outstanding assets/liabilities (e.g. bank statements or title deeds)

Note: If you are a creditor or your reinstatement application is not accepted, you may need to approach a court for an order reinstating the company.

Re-instating a close corporation or company by court order

A court order reinstating an entity is free of charge.

Court order reinstating a company or close corporation must be e-mailed to whereafter it will be referred to the relevant processing unit for implementation.

Updated on: 28/07/2023

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