.ZA domain names available soon ?
On Tuesday March 20th, 2018

.ZA domain names available soon ?

Obver the paset years, several top-level extensions have entered the domain name industry : (ie) The .co (Colombia) in 2011, the .uk (England) in 2015,the .nz (New Zealand) in 2016 or the .ke (Kenya) at the end of 2017.


The ZA domain name authority (ZADNA) recently submitted a proposal regarding the launch of the .za top-level extension. Currently only second level extension co.za, net.za, org.za, web.za are available to registration.

However ZA Central Registry (ZACR), the administrator of domain names for South Africa does not consider this project a priority. The CEO Lucky Masilela explains that he is not opposed to this idea but that it is a bad time for considering the ongoing cases regarding South Africa ICT activities.


The organization also brings to light the unfair competition it might generates for gltds dedicated to South African cities such as .joburg, .captown and .durban. This could be perceived as a violation of gtlds delegation terms and conditions.

Beyond this political aspect there are many functional questions ! Here are some examples :

  • Will it be problematic or beneficial to price .za lower than co.za, net.za, org.za and web.za ?
  • Should the .za be treated as more valuable than second level extension ?
  • Is it sensible to impose eligibility requirements that restricts acceptance of .za applications from South African persons only ?
  • If 3 companies own the same domain but with a different second level extension ( "company.co.za", "company.org.za", "company.net.za") how to determine which one can register the domain name company.za ? 

For more information, the ZADNA public discussion document responds to a full range of issues regarding the .za implementation.


Second level extensions pricing :

CO.ZA  / NET.ZA / WEB.ZA : EUR 12.00 / year



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