Co-operative Registration

Co-operative Registration

A company may be registered with or without a company name. When a company is registered without a name, its registration number automatically becomes the company name. Such a company may transact with a trading (business) name, or may apply to add a reserved name at a later stage.

A very simple definition of a co-operative would be to say it is a business where a group of people get together voluntary to address their common needs.

A co-operative is a distinct form of enterprise that provides services and/or products to its members. Profits, known as surpluses in a co-operative, are divided among members in relation to the amount of the business each member did with the co-operative.

By registering a co-operative, you are creating a legal entity with certain powers to act on its own and certain responsibilities. Before registering a co-operative, take note of the important record-keeping that need to be done by a co-operative.

Name Reservation

Before you start the co-operative registration process you must have applied for a name reservation, and the name must be approved. Use the name reservation option below to apply for a name reservation. The name reservation process allows you to apply for between 1 and 4 proposed names during the application process at a cost of R50. If your name reservation application is not approved, you will need to apply for new names at another cost of R50.


  1. BizPortal currently only caters for South African ID holders. Login on if you do not have a South African ID.
  2. A 3D Secure cheque or credit card that is enabled for online transactions.
  3. An approved name reservation.
  4. For director verification you need to have all directors' identity documents/cards and marriage certificates. Possible verification questions are:
    • Date of issue of the identity document or card
    • Marriage date, as recorded by the Department of Home Affairs
    • Spouse's ID number
  5. A formation meeting must have been held, where the common purpose, form, and type of co-operatives must be discussed.
  6. There must be at least five natural persons, two juristic persons or a combination of any five persons

New Registration
Registration Certificates
Name Reservation