Companies

Updated: 

2017-10-17

Preliminary documents: 

South African company law for the 21st century: guidelines for corporate law reform (May 2004) - published in GG 26493 of 23 June 2004 - access for Government Gazette subscribers, or purchase this document

Originator: 

Minister of Trade and Industry

Draft Bill
Draft bill full text: 

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Year of publication: 

2007

Publication for comment (draft bill): 
Explanatory summary: 

Two versions published in the Government Gazette: GG 31104 of 30 May 2008 (access for Government Gazette subscribers, or purchase these documents)

Hearings, briefings and submissions on draft bill: 

Access for Policy Documents subscribers - search for the title 'Draft Companies Bill'

Bill
Bill number: 

B61-2008

Year of publication: 

2008

Bill full text: 

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Hearings, briefings and submissions on bill: 

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Act
Act number: 

71 of 2008

Year of publication: 

2008

Commencement date: 

1 May 2011 (Proc 32, GG 34239, 2011-04-26)

Act full text: 
Amendments: 

Amended by the:

Repeals the:

Amends the:

Further Information
News articles: 
Journal articles: 
  • Du Plessis, R ‘New company era: on my mind’ Financial Mail, Vol 190, Issue 9, Mar 9 2007, p. 18
  • Lund, T ‘Search and rescue - Companies Bill: economic trends & analysis’ Finweek, Mar 29 2007, p. 49
  • Johnson, V & Helman, L ‘One size fits all approach may not work: company law’ Without prejudice, Vol 7, Issue 4, May 2007, p. 18-19
  • Levenstein, E ‘Calculating the litigation costs in insolvent estates: company law’ Without prejudice, Vol 7, Issue 4, May 2007, p. 19-20
  • Charter, C & Williams, L ‘Transacting with company representatives - slowly into a new frontier?’ Without prejudice, Vol 7, Issue 11, Dec 2007, p. 37-38
  • Whittle, B 'LSSA Company Law Committee comments on Companies Bill' De Rebus, No 480, Oct 2008, p. 17
  • Coetzee, J 'The role of board committees in the new Companies Act' Without Prejudice, Vol 8, Issue 10, Nov 2008, p. 20 & 22 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Bouwman, N ‘Disposing of a company’s undertaking or assets’ Without prejudice, Vol 8 No 11, Dec 2008, p. 15-18
  • Van der Linde, K 'The regulation of share capital and shareholder contributions in the Companies Bill 2008' TSAR, Issue 1, 2009, p. 39-57 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Solomon, P & Boltar, J 'Section 136(2) of the Companies Act, 2008 - potentially drastic consequences' Without Prejudice, Vol 9, Issue 8, Sep 2009, p. 26-29 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Bracher, P 'RM under the new Companies Act: general insurance' Enterprise Risk, Vol 3, Issue 8, Sep 2009, p. 10-11 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Brink, A 'Corporate governance and the Companies Act' Management Today, Vol 25, Issue 9, Oct 2009, p. 6-19 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • McLennan, JS 'Directors' fiduciary duties and the 2008 Companies Bill' TSAR, Issue 1, 2009, p. 184-190 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Bouwman, N ‘Schemes of arrangement’ Without prejudice, Vol 9 No 2, March 2009, p. 42-43
  • Van der Linde, K 'The solvency and liquidity approach in the Companies Act 2008' TSAR, Issue 2, 2009, p. 224-240 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Van der Linde, K 'The regulation of distributions to shareholders in the Companies Act 2008' TSAR, Issue 3, 2009, p. 484-501 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • McLennan, JS 'Contract and agency law and the 2008 Companies Bill' Obiter, Volume 30, Issue 1, 2009, p. 144-153 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Otty, R 'Directors and officers liability: King III and the Companies Act' Enterprise Risk, Vol 3, Issue 6, Jul 2009, p. 8-10 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Meiring, I 'The Companies Act 71 of 2008: new categories of companies' TAXtalk, Issue 17, Jul/Aug 2009, p. 18-19 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Jooste, R 'Issues relating to the regulation of 'distributions' by the 2008 Companies Act: notes' South African Law Journal, Volume 126, Issue 4, 2009, p. 627-650 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Wainer, HE 'The new Companies Act: peculiarities and anomalies' South African Law Journal, Volume 126, Issue 4, 2009, p. 806-826 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Bhengu, N 'The Ben-Tovim war, s252 and the new Companies Act (Part 2)' Without Prejudice, Volume 9, Issue 10, Nov 2009, p. 32-33 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Phakeng, L 'M&A regulations in the new Companies Act (Part 1)' Without Prejudice, Volume 9, Issue 11, Dec 2009, p. 28-29 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Shar, R 'The pitfalls in company deregistrations' Without Prejudice, Volume 9, Issue 11, Dec 2009, p. 30 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • 'Modern company law for a competitive South African economy' (the entire Acta Juridica, 2010) (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase articles)
  • Coetzee, J 'Independent directors: a moving target?' Without prejudice, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010, p. 12-14 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Mongoato, R 'Start worrying about inadequate buyback protection for shareholders' Without prejudice, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010, p. 14-15 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Phakeng, L 'Making sure SA's M&A regulations match the world's best' Without prejudice, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010, p. 16-17 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
  • Bouwman, N 'Quorums and resolutions' Without prejudice, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2010, p. 18-19 (access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document)
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