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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.

South African Registrars Push For Second Level .ZA Domains

ZA Central Registry ZACR logoAt a recent conference in South Africa, there was a push among registrars for allowing second level registrations of .za domain names.

Currently registrations under .za are at the third level, for example .co.za. But at the recent iWeek conference ZA Domains’ Jade Benson said he thought the country was ready for the introduction of second level domains for the South African ccTLD, according to a Business Live report.

The South African interest in second level registrations follows their introduction in .uk and .nz in 2015 and their approval to be introduced in .au following a consultation.

According to Business Live, Domain Name Authority (Zadna) CEO Vika Mpisane said a shift to second level registrations wouldn’t happen without the registry’s blessing.

“Mpisane cited a survey that Zadna conducted in 2010, which showed that people were satisfied with the use of .co.za. The respondents were not keen on an additional domain name such as .za. Mpisane says Zadna would run another survey to determine whether an additional domain name was necessary.believes there is no need to run another survey, because there is enough support for the introduction of .za.”

But Benson doesn’t see the need for another survey and the domain industry believes the survey is out of date. “The sooner it is implemented the better,” Benson said.

“Variety is the spice of life, and typically consumers who cannot find their desired .co.za domain would look to international registrars to purchase a .com or similar,” says Benson. “.za domains would provide them with an alternative opportunity to find their desired domain name and ensure that small business and consumers are supporting local businesses.”

Lucky Masilela, the CEO of ZACR, a non-profit organisation, says the price of new domain names needs to be addressed to make it affordable to switch to or add the .za.

“For us it’s not about making money,” he says. “We are positioning it for future use and giving people more choice.”

Shorter extensions may find more favour. Wayne Diamond from domains.co.za says that from a brand-building perspective, the .za has “fantastic potential”.

“We need to stay relevant and need to make future-proof decisions and [introducing .za] follows on what other countries have done,” he says.

In South Africa there has also been the introduction of three city gTLDs – .capetown with 4,780 registrations, .joburg (3,620) and .durban (2,590). There are some in the South African domain industry such as Benson who believe they have been a failure.

ZACR has struggled to achieve a higher number of sales for new domains, mostly because of a “monopoly within the market and exorbitant pricing”, said Benson according to the report. However Masilela said as there are fewer registrars who sell the gTLDs compared to the .co.za, this has limited their potential.

The full Business Live report is available at:
http://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/digital/2016-10-03-the-raging-za-debate/

ZACR Announces South African City gTLD “Price Freeze” Sale Till 8 July

ZA Central Registry ZACR logoThe three South African city new generic Top Level Domains have had their wholesale prices reduced to the same price as .co.za domain names, the ZA Central Registry has announced.

The “price freeze” for the .capetown, .joburg and .durban gTLDs is currently underway and runs from 4 July to 23h59 (SAST) on 8 July with the goal of boosting registrations.

There are currently about 10,500 South African city gTLD domains that have been registered by the ZACR and its registrar partners since they became available for public registration in July 2014.

“There is huge local and overseas interest in South Africa’s three major cities, both from a business and tourism perspective. We expect ZAdotCity registrations to experience continued sustained growth, as well as a significant spike during our Winter Price Freeze Sale” said Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO.

Domains can be registered through ZACR accredited registrars such as instra, Africa Registry and Only Domains.

As .ZA Passes One Million Registrations, Price Hikes Coming In March

South African registryThe registry fee, that is the fee charged to registrars, is set to jump on 1 March just as the South African ccTLD passes the one million registration mark.

Registering new or renewing existing co.za, org.za, net.za, and web.za domains are all set to cost more the ZA Central Registry has told its domain registrars according to a report in the South African technology news site My Broadband.

The report notes ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said the wholesale price of registrations through their extensible provisioning protocol (EPP) system would become R45 ($3.90), while legacy registrations would increase to R90. Currently EPP costs R35, while legacy registrations cost R65.88.

These price increases were approved in November 2014, and were originally set to take effect on 16 February 2015, the report continues.

Further price increases to legacy registrations of R10 per year will be implemented annually from 1 March, until the price reaches R130 in 2019.

The increases follows ZACR announcing the number of .za domain names passed the one million registrations mark on 23 January.

“When the first .za domains were registered in 1992, few in the South African internet industry ever expected the total to ever go beyond 100 000, let alone ten times that amount. The one million milestone represents a great vote of confidence in the world class .za domain name system,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR, according to another report in Fin24.

.ZA to Introduce Rules to Thwart Squatters

Responding to concerns on cybersquatting, the .ZA Domain Name Authority (Zadna – the South African registry) has announced they will be introducing new regulations in 2010.

“In .ZA, licensing regulations are expected to come into operation this year. The .ZA licensing regulations will allow Zadna to license the entities such as GOV.ZA and CO.ZA,” Vika Mpisane, general manager of ZADNA told SAPA. He said it would also license the internet service providers that want to register or sell .ZA domain names.

The changes will see licensing of registrars and a more thorough checking of whether registrations comply with the registration rules.

The changes come about following a public consultation that closed in February.

To register your .ZA domain name, check out Africa Registry here.