We are aware that many of you are unable to register on the Bizportal platform for CIPC certification, due to the fact that you are sole proprietors/trusts. Although not a requirement in general, you might run into trouble once you start loading containers and the documentation must be presented at different check-points and/or as per the attached SAMSA-letter.
The DSBD does not seem to be issuing any type of document or certificate at this point for sole proprietors and the like at this point in time. Following communication with the DTI, the following has been suggested for any entity/ trader that is not registered with the CIPC:
- Ensure that you/ your driver/ employees have a Permit to Perform an Essential Service;
https://www.wosa.co.za/wosadocs/42020/SAMSA 3.6 – South African Ports Open for Cargo Operations.pdf
- Accompany the permit with a letter, from the head of your business, on a letterhead/ with a stamp, and attached to that any type of founding documents/ letters of authority/ bank documents that you have to prove the existence and legitimacy of your sole proprietorship/ trust/ trading status. Include in the letter the fact that you cannot register for a CIPC certificate;
- Include a copy of the Gazetted Directions allowing wine exports.
We hope this will further assist you, however please note that this was merely a suggestion and we cannot provide guarantees on this. We will also try to get the message out to those at the ports that sole proprietors and trusts cannot register on bizportal. Please let us know if you continue to have problems in this regard – firstname.lastname@example.org.