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Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) (ZA-CIP)


The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is responsible for company registration in South Africa. There is a basic free database search, or users can subscribe to the CIPC website.

"Functions of the Commission

Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and maintenance thereof
Disclosure of Information on its business registers" [1]


  • Coverage: ZA

Find and use identifiers

Users can search for identifiers using the Cipro name. Identifiers will be under the Column header 'Enterprise number'.

Users should note that this is a very basic search function, and current research finds that only Search Option 1 works, thus users must have the exact name of the corporate entity to find an identifier number. The resulting data is very basic.

Users can also search the OpenCorporates database.

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