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New CIPC changes for the filing of annual returns

15 January 2024,  Elani van Coller

CIPC has again announced changes to the CIPC system for the filing of annual returns and beneficial ownership information, which... introduces mandatory obligations for companies and close corporations when filing their annual returns. 

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Trustees take note – new platform for your trust Beneficial Ownership reporting

06 November 2023,  Elani van Coller

This October, the Acting Chief Master signed a directive introducing the new electronic platform for reporting Beneficial Ownership information at... the Master following concerns raised about the previously used Google Forms document for providing Beneficial Ownership information to the Master. This new electronic platform will now have to be used for all Beneficial Ownership reporting by trustees. In this article, we take a look at the new platform as well as some of the other aspects flowing from the directive. 

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Estate Planning – a necessary tool in uncertain times

06 November 2023,  André van Niekerk

The last number of years have seen the world go through dramatic changes, pandemics, environmental upheavals, wars, financial volatility and... massive political uncertainty affecting every individual and country in one way or another. South Africans have not been spared with loadshedding, escalating fuel prices and rising inflation further adding to the uncertainty. This makes it feel as if planning for the future is pointless and all you can really do is survive the now. In this article we discuss why this could be a dangerous strategy.

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The ‘what’ and ‘when’ of the new beneficial ownership reporting for companies

10 May 2023,  Dr Candice ReyndersLuhann Prinsloo

Surprisingly, many companies remain blissfully unaware of the new company reporting requirements introduced by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and... Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”). The Amendment Act introduces changes to the company environment (effective 1 April 2023) which will have an administrative impact on South African companies. In this article we delve into the ‘what’ and ‘when’ of these new reporting requirements.

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New Beneficial Ownership rules for companies and trusts

14 April 2023,  Luhann Prinsloo

With the new General Laws (Anti-money Laundering and Combatting of Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) having... come into operation on 1 April 2023, a new definition of ‘beneficial ownership’ has been formally introduced in a number of key laws affecting all trusts and companies. In this article we delve a bit deeper into this new concept.

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Trustees MUST now report their status! Find out why

30 March 2023,  André van NiekerkJohnny DavisMark le Riche

With major amendments to South Africa’s anti-money laundering framework scheduled to take effect from 1 April 2023 as part of... Government’s strategy to remedy South Africa’s grey listing status, all trustees should take careful note of the new disclosure requirements that will apply to them.

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New disclosure requirements for companies. Comply or risk being deregistered!

22 March 2023,  Dr Candice ReyndersLuhann Prinsloo

In this article we take a look at amendments to the Companies Act 71 of 2008 which introduces new disclosure... requirements. These amendments have been introduced by the recently passed General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting of Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) with the new disclosure requirements applying as of 1 April 2023. 

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Companies take note of new beneficial ownership reporting requirements

06 March 2023,  Dr Candice ReyndersLuhann Prinsloo

The General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting of Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) was signed into... law late in December 2022 and contains a number of critical measures South Africa hopes to put to use in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. In this article we take a look specifically at amendments to the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and the new reporting requirements applicable to companies.

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Alert: South Africa’s grey listing means extensive new compliance requirements!

28 February 2023,  Dr Damian Viviers

The announcement on Friday that South Africa has been grey listed has come as a shock to many South Africans... blissfully unaware of this sword hanging over our heads. For those in the know, grey listing has been unavoidable given the damning reports levelled against weaknesses in our money laundering and financial control framework. But besides hurting our economy the grey listing has also forced government to introduce stricter control measures to correct the shortcomings and hopefully have the grey listing removed over time. And these control measures will affect all businesses and individuals in some way or another.

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