South Africa is embracing 21st century digital technologies to make it easier to register businesses. This was revealed yesterday by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel, with the on-line launch of a pilot phase of a new business portal led by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Minister Ebrahim Patel said: “It is a pioneering and innovative project for government e-services. It will improve the time and ease for young people to start new enterprises and sends a great signal two days before the SA Investment Conference”.

In the current pilot phase, the system is being tested and strengthened, revealed Patel.

He said that the next phase of the Biz Portal will make provision for other services related to running and maintaining a business.

Identity authentication will be via the real-time Home Affairs Population Register and other sophisticated measures would serve as a necessary buffer to ensure the integrity of the system.

The Biz Portal is a single integrated company registration platform in South Africa. It is a digital platform aimed at bringing together business-related services from various public entities within the Republic of South Africa. Through collaboration with the South African Revenue Services (SARS), the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and Compensation Fund (CF), CIPC made it possible for applicants of private companies to obtain:

–  Company registration

– Tax registration number

–  Domain name registration

– B-BBEE Certificate

– Compensation Fund registration

– Unemployment Insurance Fund registration

– Business Bank account

“The applicants will also have an option to apply for a Domain Name and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Certificate, thanks to the partnerships CIPC has with the Domain Name Authority, ZADNA and the dti, respectively. From a customers’ perspective, there is no need to visit multiple government institutions, saving them time and money. Such seamless registration services will enable entrepreneurs to focus on transforming innovative ideas into beneficial products and services, which will contribute to the creation of jobs in our country,” Minister Patel said.

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The Biz Portal also demonstrates the government’s commitment to 4IR and is one of the means through which the government can demonstrate its commitment to creating an enabling investment environment characterised by efficient service delivery.

According to CIPC Commissioner, Advocate Rory Voller, “CIPC continuously strives to improve service delivery to businesses and is proud to launch Biz Portal, a pioneering platform for e-government services.

The Biz Portal is a first for South Africa in terms of government e-services and will significantly reduce the time to register a business. This latest addition to the suite of channels is a digital platform which is the result of a collaboration between CIPC, UIF and the Compensation Fund involving the integration of registration services of all three public entities added Voller.”

The public is encouraged to test this new portal while it is being piloted over the next three months. The Biz Portal is a tool for the registration of a business in South Africa and live. The URL is:

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