The South African government continually announces its intention to create an atmosphere conducive to entrepreneurs wanting to start or grow their businesses. The reality is very different. There is a labyrinth of legislation and rules through which all entrepreneurs must navigate

The following is a sampling of the laws that can -or most definitely will- impact on your business venture, depending on what you do. The list is by no means exhaustive:

Animal Identification Act, 2002 (if you are farming livestock)
Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003
Close Corporations Act, 1984
Companies Act, 1973 (parts of it are still alive)
Companies Act, 2008
Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, 1993
Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Act, 1997
Consumer Protection Act, 2008
Co-operatives Act, 2005
Employment Equity Act, 1998
Income Tax Act, 1962
Labour Relations Act, 1995
National Credit Act, 2005 (and a tonne and a half of complex regulations);
National Health and Safety Act, 1993;
National Small Businesses Act 1996;
Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993
Skills Development Act, 97 of 1998 (as amended)
Skills Development Levies Act, 1999
Trust Property Control Act, 1996
Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001
Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002
Value Added Tax Act, 1991

Some of this legislation can be downloaded from our document library, here.

Not only does this vast armada of laws and regulations affect your business, but in many cases they require your to register. Whether you are starting a new business or have one already but need to know where you stand, we can help.

Contact us (click here) and we'll get back to you . . . fast.