What is the difference between a PBC and a company?
Someone recently posted on LinkedIn asking why consultants charge so much for registering a company. The fees range from $250 to $700. Some accused consultants of being greedy and suggested that new entrepreneurs go and do the registration on their own.
Well, this is bad advice. Apart from taking time that you could use more usefully building your business, developing your products or finding customers, the Companies Act stipulates that only practicing legal practitioners, chartered accountants and chartered secretaries can draw up and sign company documents.
After investing years of studying to become professionally qualified, you cannot expect a consultant to work for peanuts.
If your pocket is not yet ready for a regular company, you can register a Private Business Corporation, which costs much less.
There is a misconception that PBC is unprofessional or rather a dubious entity. The fact is the PBC was born out of the Christie/Fairbairn Inquiry into Zimbabwe Company Law, Final Report, with the objective of creating a simplified legal framework for small business enterprises to avoid legal complexities associated with the Companies Act. It is the equivalent of the South African Closed corporation, which is not regarded any lowly down south.
Below is an analysis of the differences between a PBC and Private Company.
A Comparative Analysis of the Private Company and the Private Business Corporation as Tools of Wealth Management and Preservation
|Private Company||Private Business Corporation|
|Juristic Person||Juristic Person|
|Enjoys Perpetual Succession||Enjoys Perpetual Succession|
|Can Have A Maximum Of 50 Members||Can Have A Maximum Of 20 Members|
|Companies Can Be Shareholders||Companies Cannot Hold A Member’s Interest|
|Comprised Of Directors And Shareholders||Comprised Of Members|
|Has A Memorandum||Has A Founding Statement|
|Registered Articles Of Association||Articles Of Association Are Not Required|
|Compulsory Annual Return To Be Lodged||No Annual Return To Be Lodged|
|Has Share Capital||Has Member’s Contributions|
|Has An Auditor||Has An Accounting Officer|
|Convenes An Annual General Meeting||Annual General Meeting Not Required|
|Certificate Of Incorporation||Certificate Of Incorporation|
|Members Hold Shares||Members Hold Member’s Interest|
|Can Acquire Its Own Shares Under Certain Circumstances||Can Purchase A Member’s Interest|
|Directors Are Responsible For The Day To Day Management Of The Company||Members Are Responsible For The Day To Day Management Of The PBC|
|Register Of Members||No Register Of Members|
|Limited Liability||Limited Liability|
|Audited Financial Statements||No Financial Statements needed|
|Prohibition On A Company To Provide Financial Assistance For The Acquisition Of Its Own Shares||No Prohibition On A PBC To Provide Financial Assistance For The Acquisition Of A Member.|
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NSSA contribution rates go up in June
The National Social Security Authority has announced in increase in contributions, which will also so benefits increased.
With effect from 1 June:
- The maximum insurable earnings (the maximum amount of monthly salary on which NSSA is levied) goes up from $200 to $700.
- The employer and employer contribution rates both go up from 3% to 3.5%.
This means, for example, if an employee earns $500, the NSSA contribution to be deducted from her salary is $17.50, with the employer contributing a similar amount. A salary of $900 will have 3.5% being contributed by both employee and employer on the maximum insurable salary of $700 that is each contributes $24.50.
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Simple Ways to motivate your employees
Many Managers struggle to keep their subordinates motivated and willing to work harder. Traditional methods rely on financial incentives which can be quite costly for the company. Below are a few simple ways to improve staff motivation without breaking the bank.
- Celebrate people: Celebrate birthdays, long service and any other events like the birth of a child for your employees. This will make them feel valued and appreciated.
- Celebrate good performance: Having employee of the week/month/ year initiatives as well as celebrating when employees exceed their target or there is a jump in profits helps by giving employees feedback about individual and overall company performance as well as recognising the role they played in it. You can compose a group email to all staff applauding a certain employee’s good performance. It is important to be specific when doing this so that the employee and his counterparts know exactly what action or behaviour led to the good results. This is a good way of enforcing positive reinforcement.
- Allow employees to air their views: Have regular staff meetings where employees are able to give suggestions, comments and ideas. This gives your employees a feeling of being heard and valued.
- Increase your employee’s level of responsibility: Give employees autonomy in doing their job and also increase job responsibility levels to improve motivation. For example, an employee in charge of research for articles may be assigned the responsibility of writing an article himself. This will motivate him/her to get the job done on time every time as there is a sense of recognition and a feeling that “the boss thinks I have the capability”. He/she will therefore try to live up to the expectations you have set for him.
- Offer support during hard times: When an employee is going through bereavement/hospitalization or a difficult personal time, taking the time to visit will make him/her feel loved and will increase his/her loyalty and performance levels. Sometimes, a small financial gift, a gift of flowers or a card can make a huge difference to your staff turnover levels.
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