South African Company Formation (Non-Resident)

Register a PTY Company in South Africa (Non-Resident)

SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANIES – your director solution

New South African Offshore Company
Your director or nominee.
Name ending in one of these:
“(Pty) Ltd”, “(PTY) LTD”, “(Proprietary) Limited”, or “(PROPRIETARY) LIMITED”.
Shares: Standard 1200 no-par value shares.
Government filing
Registered address use for statutory purposes (1st year)
Memorandum of Incorporation and Articles
Apostilled certified copy
Courier to any country

Quick, Easy Signup process


New Company (PTY LTD) Registration Package


(Once-off fee)

Company Formation and Business Services in South Africa (Non-Resident)

Private Limited Liability Company, managed by just one director and the directors do not need not be South African residents or nationals and one shareholder is required with the minimum capital of ZAR 1.

Branches of foreign companies are accorded legal status in South Africa by virtue of their registration as external companies but are not recognized as separate legal entities – except for exchange control purposes.


South Africa, formally named as the Republic of South Africa, is a country placed at the Southern edge of Africa and with the neighboring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The South Africa today is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally and it is the economic powerhouse of Africa.

One of the significant reasons for South Africa becoming one of the most popular trade and investment destinations in the world is due to the country guaranteeing that it can meet specific trade and investment requirements of prospective investors.

South Africa has a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions that are aimed at encouraging commercial activity and its trade rules favor a further expansion in the country’s growing levels of international trade.

Company Formation In South Africa

Starting a business in South Africa

5 things you need to know about starting a business in South Africa

There is a common misconception that individuals or companies that are starting a business in South Africa always require a business visa to be applied for.

  1. If you are seeking to establish a business which you own in full or part, which you intend to work in whilst living in South Africa, you will need to apply for a business visa and meet the South African business visa requirements.
  2. Where the business is being set up as part of a wider group. For example an international company that is starting a business in South Africa as a branch or subsidiary of their wider operations. In this case a business visa would not be required.
  3. Where an individual is investing into a business that is being started in South Africa but is not going to be working in the business. In this case a business visa is not required.

Opening a South African Branch

There are number of important issues to consider for existing business, outside of South Africa, that wish to set up a South African Branch or commence local operations.

In the first instance decisions must be taken on the structure that should be used in order to do business.

Important factors that influence the decision making process are:

  • Ownership structure;
  • Legal structure;
  • Set up requirements;
  • Taxation;
  • Ongoing legal requirements (like audits);
  • Foreign exchange.

The business can be set up in the following ways:

  1. Branch – External company;
  2. Foreign-owned South African Company.

Starting a Business as a foreigner in South Africa

Starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa can be an arduous task without enlisting professional help. There are a number of ‘hoops’ that must be circumvented and the process can be time consuming and a distraction from the all important task of establishing your business.

At GIA, we have assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with their ambition to create a business in South Africa and are able to boast of an unrivalled track record of success, all based on what we believe to be the most comprehensive service available.

Below we detail the important aspects of starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa but if you prefer to talk to a human being to discuss your needs, feel free to call us.

Information on recruiting foreign staff in South Africa

The need to employ foreign staff is a common occurrence in South Africa as employers seek to bridge the skill shortage gap that exists in the labour market.

For many employers the prospect of employing foreign staff can seem onerous when judged with the multiple visa options and red tape that surrounds visa applications.

GIA is one of the only companies in South Africa that offers companies a dedicated corporate department that specialises in furnishing innovative, efficient and cost effective solutions for your companies visa and permit needs.

  • We do all paperwork on forming the company in South Africa
  • Formation is completely remote
  • Can act as Secretary or Treasury
  • Provide nominee Directors/Shareholders
  • Assist with opening a bank account
  • Registration for Taxes, VAT
  • Develop a website for your business
  • Create a logo of your brand
  • Provide with full company administration services
  • Arrange a mailing address for your business
  • Arrange a virtual office for your company
  • Telephone answering service
  • Book keeping, audit & reporting
  • Preparing and submitting VAT return
  • Dealing with local authority
  • Trademark registration
Select your currency

GIAWe use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

We use WooCommerce as a shopping system. For cart and order processing 2 cookies will be stored. This cookies are strictly necessary and can not be turned off.
  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart

Decline all Services
Accept all Services