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.
South Africaâs 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.
âMotlatjo Ralefatane, the chairperson of ZADNAâs board, announced Mpisaneâs axing in a letter sent to members of the organisation dated 17 July,â reports MyBroadband.
Mpisane was originally suspended in May after industry sources informed MyBroadband that an acting CEO had been at ZADNAâs helm since December with no official notification from the organisation.
âRalefatane explained that ZADNA had been locked in a disciplinary hearing with Mpisane for months, as he was constantly delaying the process,â according to the report.
âMr Vika Mpisane was suspended for serious hybrid acts of misconduct including mismanagement of ZADNA funds and others,â 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 MyBroadbandâs 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 AfTLDâs President/Chairman, and has (since 2010) provided leadership of AfTLDâs 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.
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 âonce-offâ 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 email@example.com.
It was announced last December, but the launch of the platform whereby South African companies can register their company name and a corresponding .za domain name at the same time is finally here.
Through the initiative, South African companies can register their domain names at cost price through the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) in an initiative between the government agency and the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) who collaborated to the develop system.
The partnership is intended to make it easier and more convenient for users of the CIPC platform to register .ZA domain names that match their company names. The cost of domain registration on this platform is only R51.75 (US$4.15), this being the current cost price charged to ZACRâs accredited registrars. CIPC has been accredited as a non-commercial .ZA registrar to enable the initiative.
The Domain Name Registration Platform was launched by Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on 24 April.
âThe partnership between CIPC and the ZADNA is in line with the National Integrated ICT White Paper Policy that alludes to SMME development and support. This collaboration will enable SMMEâs to be able to have a domain name and website at the onset of company registration thereby supporting SMMEâs development,â said Ndabeni-Abrahams prior to the launch.
The underlying theme of this series of workshops is to harness the potential of African governments for participation in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) policy processes.
The workshop aims to continue to raise awareness amongst the joining African law enforcement community, particularly from our host country South Africa, on how to participate in ICANN and engage effectively in the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN policy making. Â A roundtable with ICANN community and industry will focus on collaboration around security, stability and resiliency of the Internet and a half day will be devoted to the Africa Convention on Cybersecurity and Data Protection.
A range of topics will be covered:
- Introduction to ICANN‘s mission and multistakeholder bottom-up policy development model
- Introduction to the GAC: role, organisation and membership
- Introduction to the PSWG: mandate and work plan
- Definition of Abuse of the DNS that can be addressed through ICANN‘s processes and contracts
- Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and obligations of contracted parties
- Mitigation of DNS Abuse: the role and tools of ICANN‘s Security Stability and Resiliency Team
- How Law Enforcement and consumer protection agencies should engage with ICANN
- Areas of collaboration with other stakeholders (industry, technical community, RIRs, among others)
- Discussion on WHOIS and related storage and retention of personal data;
Potential implications of European Data Protection legislation (GPDR) and African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection
The African Law Enforcement Capacity Building Workshop will provide an opportunity to share experiences on issues of DNS abuse, security, stability and resiliency with the South African Police Services, African Heads of Cybercrime units, Regional Economic Communities, the African Union as well as other representatives from governments and industry.
It will also provide an opportunity to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learnt with other agencies from a wide range of countries during the ICANN, GAC, PSWG sessions taking place the following week at ICANN‘s 59th public meeting in Johannesburg from 27th -29th June 2017.
The workshop is supported by the Government Engagement Department at ICANN in collaboration with ICANN‘s Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE), Security, Stability and Resiliency (SSR), Multistakeholder Strategy and Strategic Initiatives (MSSI) and Compliance teams, as well as the ZADNA.
The full agenda can be found here [PDF, 436 KB].
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