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a) Profit Companies
b) Non Profit Companies
More information on the above-mentioned companies follow:
a) Profit Company
A business that produces a profit
Profit companies are divided into these four sections:
1. A Pty Company (Private Company)
2. A Public Company
3. A Sole Proprietor
4. A Partnership

Definitions and features of profit companies:


Definition: A Pty company is the opposite of a state owned company. It cannot offer any of its securities to the public according to the MOI (Memorandum Of Incorporation), and the transfer-ability of its securities are also not allowed.


• A minimum of one director is needed.
• One or more incorporator can start a Pty company.
• A Pty company does not need to register a company secretary, audit committee or an auditor.
• A Pty company’s financial statements has to be independently reviewed, but auditing of its statements are not necessary.
• Shareholders have the right to issue new shares by the company.
• A Pty company can operate as a large company or a small company.
• In the Companies Act of 2008 only the directors that were directly involved in an action against the law, can be held responsible.

2. Public Company

Definition: A company whose shares are traded freely on a stock exchange. It is more restrictive than a Pty company.


• The board of Directors must consist of three Directors.
• An audit committee, auditor and company secretary have to be appointed by the Public company.
• An ethics and social committee have to be appointed.
• All its financial statements have to be audited.
• A Public company can consist of any number of shareholders.
• A Public company has to have an annual meeting with all the shareholders present.
• The Public company’s shareholders have no pre-emptive rights over new shares being issued.

3. A Sole Proprietor

Definition: It’s a business where there is no distinction between the owner and business.

• You are your company’s only resource.
• Creditors are more likely to extend credit, although some problems can occur due to unlimited liability for company debt.
• Creditors might take the owners possessions to settle outstanding accounts.
• In the case of the owner’s death, some problems can arise due to the fact that the new owner must take responsibility for everything.
• The owner receives all the profit.
• Time flexibility


Definition: A business between two or more individuals who share in the management and the profit.


• Both of the partners will take responsibility for each other.
• All of the owners are responsible for the business’ debt.
• The incorporators can decide on the amount of shares given to each partner.
• A Partnership can be initiated easily and without big investments.
• A Partnership can offer some favourable tax breaks.
b) Non Profit Company
These are called NPO’s and can only be registered directly with CIPC.


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