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Permitted Characters in a company’s name

The Companies (General) Regulations Act, 2015 mentions characters permitted to be use in company’s name for the purposes of Section 52 of the Companies Act, 2015, the characters, signs, symbols (including accents and other diacritical marks) and punctuation set out in Part 1 of the Sixth Schedule can be used in the name of a company registered or to be registered under the Act. And that the following characters can be used in any part of a company name:

  1. any character that has an accent or other diacritical mark, sign or symbol set out in Part 1 of the Sixth Schedule ;
  2. 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9; 12;
  3. a full stop, comma, colon, semi-colon or hyphen;
  4. any other punctuation referred to in column 1 of Part 2 of the Sixth Schedule but only in one of the forms set out opposite that punctuation in column 2 of that Part.
  5. The signs and symbols set out in Part 3 of the Sixth Schedule are characters that can be used but not if they are one of the first three characters of a company’s name.
  6. The name of a company may not consist of more than 160 permitted characters.

Section 8 of Companies (General) Regulations Act,2015, Companies Act no. 17 of 2015 Section 50. Companies Act no. 17 of 2015 Section 52.

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