A company name may comprise one or more words in any language, irrespective of whether the word or words are commonly used or contrived for the purpose, together with any letters, numbers or punctuation marks, any of the following symbols: +, &, #, @, %, =, any other symbol permitted by the regulations or round brackets used in pairs to isolate any other part of the name, alone or in any combination or in the case of a profit company, may be the registration number of the company together with the relevant expressions.
If the name of a profit company is the company’s registration number that number must be immediately followed by the expression ‘‘(South Africa)’’.
If the company’s Memorandum of Incorporation includes any provision contemplated in section 15 (2)(b) or (c) of the Act restricting or prohibiting the amendment of any particular provision of the Memorandum, the name must be immediately followed by the expression “(RF)”.
A company name, irrespective of its form or language, must end with one of the following expressions, as appropriate for the category of the particular company:
- For profit companies:
- the word ‘‘Incorporated’’ or its abbreviation ‘‘Inc.’’, in the case of a personal liability company,
- the expression ‘‘Proprietary Limited’’ or its abbreviation, ‘‘Pty’’, in the case of a private company,
- the word ‘‘Limited’’ or its abbreviation, ‘‘Ltd.’’, in the case of a public company,
- the expression ‘‘SOC Ltd.’’ in the case of a state-owned company,
- For non-profit companies:
- the expression ‘‘NPC’’, in the case of a non-profit company.