Do you understand the different legal structures that are available for a social enterprise in South Africa? And who is using these structures effectively? This guide, created by the UCT Bertha Centre in 2016, walks you through the different structures available, who they’re appropriate for, and how you should go about deciding which structure is right for your business while pulling out case studies of local social enterprises successfully leveraging each structure.
A good legal form for a social enterprise is generally one that allows it to combine multiple sources of capital, private and public, philanthropic and commercial, in order to advance and scale the impact of the enterprise. While South Africa does not have a dedicated legal structure for social enterprises, the current structures allow for significant flexibility.