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Companies Act, 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008)

Chapter 2 : Formation, Administration and Dissolution of Companies

Part C : Transparency, accountability and integrity of companies

32. Use of company name and registration number

 

 

1) A company or external company must—
a) provide its full registered name or registration number to any person on demand; and
b) not misstate its name or registration number in a manner likely to mislead or deceive any person.

 

2) If the Commission has issued to a company a registration certificate with an interim name, as contemplated in section 14(2)(b), the company must use its interim name, until its name has been amended.

 

3) A person must not—
a) use the name or registration number of a company in a manner likely to convey an impression that the person is acting or communicating on behalf of that company, unless the company has authorised that person to do so; or
b) use a form of name for any purpose if, in the circumstances, the use of that form of name is likely to convey a false impression that the name is the name of a company.

 

4) Every company must have its name and registration number mentioned in legible characters in all notices and other official publications of the company, including such notices and publications in electronic format as contemplated in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, and in all bills of exchange, promissory notes, cheques and orders for money or goods and in all letters, delivery notes, invoices, receipts and letters of credit of the company.

 

5) Contravention of subsection (1), (2), (3) or (4) is an offence.