In South Africa, the Public Interest Score (PI Score) is a crucial metric under the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008, determining the level of financial scrutiny required for companies each year.

This score affects the type of financial reporting and audit requirements a company must adhere to, making it essential for compliance and strategic business planning.

Detailed calculation of the PI Score

The PI Score is calculated annually by assessing four key factors:

  1. Number of Employees: Each employee contributes one point, reflecting the company’s economic influence and responsibility.
  2. Third-party Liability: Each R1 million in third-party liability at the year-end earns one point, indicating potential external financial impact.
  3. Turnover: Every R1 million in turnover during the financial year adds one point, showcasing the company’s size and economic activity.
  4. Number of Shareholders: Each shareholder with a beneficial interest in the company’s securities at year-end contributes one point, highlighting the company’s financial inclusivity.

Implications of the PI Score

The total PI Score directly influences a company’s financial reporting obligations.

  • Scores under 100: Companies can compile financial statements internally with an optional independent review if not compiled independently.
  • Scores between 100 and 350: Requires an independent review of financial statements unless they are independently compiled.
  • Scores of 350 or more: Mandates a full audit of financial statements.

Special cases exist where companies, regardless of their PI Score, must undergo an audit due to regulations or stipulations in their Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI).

How Bizzacc can assist

Bizzacc, with its expertise in accounting and compliance services, is ideally positioned to help businesses navigate the complexities of the PI Score. Here’s how:

  1. Calculating the PI Score: Bizzacc ensures accurate calculation of the PI Score, incorporating all relevant factors.
  2. Compliance Advice: Based on the PI Score, Bizzacc advises on the specific regulatory requirements your company must meet, whether it involves an independent review or a full audit.
  3. Audit and Review Preparation: Bizzacc offers comprehensive services to prepare companies for audits or reviews, ensuring compliance with the Companies Act.
  4. Strategic Planning: Understanding the implications of the PI Score can influence significant business decisions. Bizzacc assists in aligning business strategies with compliance needs.
  5. Ongoing Support and Consultation: Bizzacc provides ongoing support to adapt to changing regulations and operational shifts, ensuring continual compliance.


The PI Score is integral for companies operating in South Africa, affecting not only compliance but also strategic decisions related to growth and financial management. Bizzacc’s role in assisting companies with the PI Score is crucial, offering expertise to ensure not only adherence to legal requirements, but also the optimisation of financial strategies for enhanced performance and growth.

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