It is hard to predict how long it will take for an application to mature into a registration since many factors can affect the process. Generally, an applicant will receive a filing receipt from CIPC almost instantly after filing.
However, the total application processing time may be anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, or even longer. This lengthy period is due to a backlog, according to a CIPC spokesperson. Overall processing time depends on your basis for filing and any legal issues that arise in the examination process.
Many applicants tend to ignore the correspondence from CIPC or claim to have never received them. Various processes have specific time-frames in which to respond and applicants are in danger of losing their trademark because of this.
Trademark24 keeps track of these processes and will alert the applicant when the next step is due.