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.ZA Ups Registry Fees, Introduces Registry Lock

South Africa’s ccTLD registry ZACR (ZA Central Registry) has announced the introduction of a Registry Lock as a means of better protecting registrants from domain name theft. And ZADNA announced last week they will be increasing the registry fee for .za domain names on 1 April 2021.

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.ZA Consults On Registry and EPP Fee

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has commenced a review of the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) and the Co.za legacy Wholesale Fees. As part of the review, ZADNA believes it is important to consult widely to be better informed of the needs of the industry and users.

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ZADNA Fires CEO Vika Mpisane

South Africa’s ccTLD manager the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has terminated their CEO Vika Mpisane effective 16 July 2019, according to a report in the South African MyBroadband, and follows a lengthy disciplinary process which began in January.

“Motlatjo Ralefatane, the chairperson of ZADNA’s board, announced Mpisane’s axing in a letter sent to members of the organisation dated 17 July,” reports MyBroadband.

Mpisane was originally suspended in May after industry sources informed MyBroadband that an acting CEO had been at ZADNA’s helm since December with no official notification from the organisation.

“Ralefatane explained that ZADNA had been locked in a disciplinary hearing with Mpisane for months, as he was constantly delaying the process,” according to the report.

“Mr Vika Mpisane was suspended for serious hybrid acts of misconduct including mismanagement of ZADNA funds and others,” Ralefatane told MyBroadband at the time. Ralefatane said that Mpisane was suspended on 5 December 2018.

MyBroadband asked Mpisane whether he would fight the outcome of the disciplinary hearing and his termination, but he did not respond to requests for comment. He has also not responded to any of MyBroadband’s multiple requests for comment on this matter since May.

At the time of writing, Mpisane was still listed on the ZADNA website as being the organisation’s CEO. According to Mpisane’s bio on ZADNA’s website he’s served in the Board of Directors (Excom) of Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) – the association of African ccTLDs since 2006. Since 2009 he’s served as the AfTLD’s President/Chairman, and has (since 2010) provided leadership of AfTLD’s positioning & involvement in the dotAfrica project. He was elected into the council of the ICANN country code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) in 2009 and continues as the ccNSO councillor until 2015. In the council, he is involved in its ccNSO Meetings Program Working Group (WG) and Finance WG.

With 1.2 Million Registrations, .ZA Cements Its Position As Africa’s Leading ccTLD

South Africa’s ccTLD has cemented its position as the leading ccTLD on the African continent passing the 1.2 million registrations mark across all their second level domains in recent days.

“South Africa‘s SLDs, with their impressive 1.2 million total registrations, have cemented .ZA‘s standing as one of the world’s most popular namespaces and successfully capped ZACR‘s third decade serving the South African and global Internet consumer,” says ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela. The co.za SLD alone currently has over 1,117,000 registrations.

South Africa, a country of 57 million people and the leading economy on the continent, is the leading domain name market on the continent. By way of comparison, Nigeria, a country of 190 million people, has notched up 102,000 registrations within its .ng country code top level domain.

Mr Masilela puts the runaway success of co.za down to the globally proven “Triple R” model adopted in 2010 and to which the local domain name sector continues to adhere, with clearly obvious and positive results. The Triple R Model is based on the separation of functions and responsibilities by the Regulator the Registry Operator and the Registrar.

“Our current model is the reason South Africa boasts the highest number of Africa’s domain name registrations coupled with our intention to keep the domain costs as low as possible on the continent,” explains Mr. Masilela.

The ZACR as the Central Registry is responsible for the technical wellbeing of South Africa’s presence on the worldwide web, and their Central Registry model championed by the late Communications Minister, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, has emerged as a local centre of excellence of which all South Africans can be proud.

ZACR has a solid history of pioneering achievements within the domain name sector. It is a previous winner of the Best African Registry category awarded by ICANN and was recently awarded the rights to administer the entire African continent’s presence on the worldwide web in the form of the .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD).

Under .za the second level domains are co.za, web.za, net.za and org.za. ZACR also manages a number of new generic/geographic generic top level domains: .joburg, .capetown and .durban as well as .africa.

“Every leading local brand has to register a co.za domain name or risk losing valuable IP and cyber real estate to competitors, speculators or worse,” concludes Mr Masilela.

ZADNA Consulting on .ZA Wholesale Fee Review

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has issued an invitation for the South African domain name and internet community as well as the general public to comment on review of the wholesale fee that applies to co.za, net.za, org.za and web.za.

The Wholesale Fee, the annual per domain name fee that a Registrar pays to the second level domain Registry Operator was last reviewed in November 2014 and the review resulted in a “once-off” increase of the EPP Wholesale Fee from R35.00 VAT exclusive to R45.00 VAT exclusive. At the request of the Registrar community back in 2014, the R45.00 EPP Wholesale Fee remains in effect until 2019. Alongside the EPP Wholesale Fee change in 2014, the Co.za Legacy Wholesale Fee increased gradually since 2015 from R90.00 to R120.00 today and R130.00 next year.

ZADNA notes that this review of the Wholesale Fee must not be construed to be an indication or commitment by ZADNA to change the fee upwards or downwards. Instead, the fee review is intended to better inform ZADNA if there should be any changes to the current EPP and co.za Legacy Wholesale Fees and if so, what those changes should be. There are several worthy arguments in support of, and against, whatever options ZADNA may determine as an outcome of the fee review process.

ZADNA have published an options paper here [pdf]. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 15 October 2018. Submissions should be sent to submissions@zadna.org.za.

.ZA Opens Discussion On Plans to Introduce Second Level Registrations

The .za Domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) has released plans to introduce second level domain names for the South African ccTLD with comments due by 16 April.

The public comment period is open to zaDNA members, za Registry Operators, .za Registrars, South African Internet Community and the South African Public who are invited to submit their comments, feedback and proposals regarding the feasibility of Second Level Registrations in .ZA and the best possible ways of implementing Second Level Registrations. Currently in South Africa’s country code top level domain registrations are only allowed at the third level in second level domains (SLDs) such as ac.za, co.za, gov.za, org.za and net.za.

zaDNA notes that in view of the growing trend wherein most top level domains (TLDs) now offer SLRs, they have for the last few years been inundated with requests for SLRs in .ZA.

Some of the leading .ZA registrars, in particular, have also been vocal in their view that SLRs will enable .ZA to stay competitive against other TLDs, especially ICANN “new” generic top level domains (gTLDs) that offer SLRs.

.zaDNA has taken sufficient time to assess the landscape regarding SLRs and has noted that several country code top level domains (ccTLDs) that traditionally offered third level registrations have now shifted towards accepting SLRs. Some of these ccTLDs include .co (Colombia), .uk, .nz and .ke. In addition, .au (Australia) is also on the verge of introducing SLRs.

zaDNA is of the view that SLRs will help improve registration options in .ZA and are likely to be more attractive than the current third level registrations as SLRs will allow for shorter domain names and URLs. At the least, SLRs are likely to offer sustainable alternatives to the current third level registration model.

In their 35 page Discussion Document, zaDNA explain the pros and cons of SLRs and the implementation options as well as a discussion as to whether foreigners should be allowed to register SLRs.

The Discussion Document is available for download here [pdf].

Register Company Name and Domain Name Together in South African Initiative

CIPC_logoThe South Africans have come up with a unique initiative aimed at start-ups, in particular, to register a domain name at the same time as registering a company name.

The new idea is a collaboration between the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) and the 2 companies managing South Africa’s country code top level domain (ccTLD), the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) and the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR).

When registering a company name, one can also register their .za domain name for R51.30 ($4.20). However the domain name must then be transferred to a commercial registrar when the registrant is ready to start utilising the domain name or within one year, whichever comes first.

To take advantage of the service aimed at South Africans, go to the e-services section of the CIPC and use the “domain name services” option under “transact”.


Over 12,000 ORG.ZA Domains Set For Deletion As Registrants Fail To Migrate To Registrars

Over 12,000 .org.za domain names are set for deletion on 1 September as their registrants have failed to transfer them to a ZACR-Accredited Registrar.

The ZA Central Registry suspended 15,420 .org.za domain names on 1 September 2016 yet to date the 2,394 registrants have heeded ZACR’s many requests to prevent their eventual deletion by migrating to ZACR-Accredited Registrars leaving around 12,677 domains set for deletion.

ZACR_ORGZA_Domains_Deletion_logo“It is good news that many org.za domain name holders have transferred their domains to ZACR-Accredited Registrars since September 2016. However, we are concerned that many more still have not made the transition,” said ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela.

The ZACR has previously communicated its intent to suspend non-compliant org.za domains from 1 September 2016 and to finally delete them on 1 September 2017.

Any org.za names that have not been transferred to ZACR-Accredited Registrars by 1 September 2017 will be deleted and made available for re-registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants will therefore lose important org.za domains associated with their brand names as well as expose themselves to possible cost implications later on through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.

A complete list of domain names that remain on the org.za default registrar is available at org.za default registrar and will be updated periodically.

To be eligible for a .org.za domain name, registrants must be a South African citizen or resident or an organisation that is constituted in South Africa as a company, statutory body, partnership, charity, NGO, trade union, political party, religious institution, club or other type of association or a foreign organisation that is licensed to trade or operate in South Africa or an owner of, or an applicant for, a South African registered trademark. Registrants must use the registered name only for non‐commercial purposes.

ICANN Publishes Attendance Statistics For Johannesburg Meeting

ICANN59_Johannesburg_logoThere were 1,353 people attending the recent ICANN meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 59th, with over one-third (498) listing their region as Africa. This compares to the previous meeting, ICANN58 held in Copenhagen, Denmark, where there were 2,089 checked-in participants, with 1,012 listing their region as Europe.

For the African meeting, one-third (33%) were first-time attendees compared to 31% in Copenhagen.

Other stats from the meeting, with Copenhagen statistics in brackets, were:

  • 236 sessions held, for a total of 423 hours (348 sessions held, for a total of 642 hours)
  • Top three sessions by attendance:
  1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Potential Impact: Looking for Practical Solutions
  2. Cross-Community Discussion on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) Policy Requirements
  3. Who Sets ICANN’s Priorities?
  • 39,729 schedule website page views
  • 8.2 terabytes of data as network traffic (9 terabytes).

For the Copenhagen meeting there were also:

  • 2,094 unique mobile app visits
  • 78,587 schedule website page views.

Click on this link to download the full ICANN59 Community Feedback report [PDF, 734 KB].

Click here to download the full ICANN59 By the Numbers report [PDF, 6.06 MB].

ICANN Publishes Findings of ICANN59 Community Feedback and By the Numbers Reports

ICANN59_Johannesburg_logo[news release] Today (24 July), ICANN published the results of the ICANN59 participant survey, and the technical, demographic, and attendance statistics. There are two reports – the Community Feedback report and the By the Numbers report. These reports summarize our findings from ICANN‘s second Public Forum Meeting of the new meeting strategy. These reports are part of ICANN‘s commitment to transparency.

By the Numbers Report highlights include:

  • 1,353 checked-in participants, with 498 listing their region as Africa
  • 33% of attendees participating for the first time
  • 236 sessions held, for a total of 423 hours
  • Top three sessions by attendance:
    1. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its Potential Impact: Looking for Practical Solutions
    2. Cross-Community Discussion on Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) Policy Requirements
    3. Who Sets ICANN‘s Priorities?
  • 39,729 schedule website page views
  • 8.2 terabytes of data as network traffic

Our goal is to improve on the feedback and statistics we collect, and to look for trends by comparing meeting data over time. Learning about trends gives us greater insights into how we are meeting the needs of attendees, and informs the kinds of changes we need to make.

Click on this link to download the full ICANN59 Community Feedback report [PDF, 734 KB].

Click here to download the full ICANN59 By the Numbers report [PDF, 6.06 MB].

If you have questions, please email: meetings@icann.org


ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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