CRS Business Rescue
In-depth analysis of the business rescue provisions contained in Chapter 6 of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 and the Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011

Section 141: Investigation of affairs of company

as amended by section 91 of the Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011

(1) As soon as practicable after being appointed, a practitioner must investigate the company’s affairs, business, property, and financial situation, and after having done so, consider whether there is any reasonable prospect of the company being rescued.

(2) If, at any time during business rescue proceedings, the practitioner concludes that—

(a) there is no reasonable prospect for the company to be rescued, the practitioner must—

(i) so inform the court, the company, and all affected persons in the prescribed manner; and

(ii) apply to the court for an order discontinuing the business rescue proceedings and placing the company into liquidation;

(b) there no longer are reasonable grounds to believe that the company is financially distressed, the practitioner must so inform the court, the company, and all affected persons in the prescribed manner, and—

(i) if the business rescue process was confirmed by a court order in terms of section 130, or initiated by an application to the court in terms of section 131, apply to a court for an order terminating the business rescue proceedings; or

(ii) otherwise, file a notice of termination of the business rescue proceedings; or

(c) there is evidence, in the dealings of the company before the business rescue proceedings began, of—

(i) voidable transactions, or a failure by the company or any director to perform any material obligation relating to the company, the practitioner must take any necessary steps to rectify the matter and may direct the management to take appropriate steps;

(ii) reckless trading, fraud or other contravention of any law relating to the company, the practitioner must—

(aa) forward the evidence to the appropriate authority for further investigation and possible prosecution; and

(bb) direct the management to take any necessary steps to rectify the matter, including recovering any misappropriated assets of the company.

(3) A court to which an application has been made in terms of subsection (2)(a)(ii) may make the order applied for, or any other order that the court considers appropriate in the circumstances.


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Business rescue provisions in the Companies Acts and Regulations

Business rescue provisions in Chapter 6 of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 pdf (323k).

Ondernemingreddingbepalings in Hoofstuk 6 van die Maatskappywet No. 71 of 2008 pdf (333k).

Business rescue provisions in Chapter 6 of the Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011 pdf (279k).

Business rescue provisions in Chapter 6 of the Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011 (English/Afrikaans version) pdf (792k).

Business rescue provisions in Chapter 6 of the unofficial LexisNexis Consolidated Companies Act pdf (105k).

Business rescue provisions in Chapter 6 of the Companies Regulations, 2011 pdf (62k).

Companies Acts and Regulations

Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 pdf (829k).

Mastskappywet No. 71 of 2008 pdf (545k).

Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011 pdf (2 000k).

Companies Amendment Act No. 3 of 2011 (English/Afrikaans version) pdf (5 920k).

Unofficial LexisNexis Consolidated Companies Act pdf (945k).

Companies Regulations, 2011 pdf (951k).