Date:     04 October 2016
 To:      Law societies of South Africa, Law firms, Chambers, Law schools and Department of


Call for Comment to the LAW.ZA Charter

A Charter is effectively the constitution of an SLD, outlining amongst other things the SLD’s purpose and eligibility requirements. The concept framework gives details about what informs the charter and what other related legal domains structured. ZADNA is releasing this Charter for comment as part of its consultation processes with a view of using the comments to finalise the Charter by the end of November 2016. Once finalised the Charter will then be implemented as per .ZA SLD General Policy.

The call for comment is meant to allow the players in the South African legal community and those affected by the operations and regulation of the ZA namespace an opportunity to give feedback to these Charter (before they are implemented), and suggest ways in which the Charter may be ehanced to support the principles of choice, access and openness, and support the growth of the ZA namespace.

The deadline for submission of comments is 16h00 on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Submissions should be emailed to [email protected] or faxed to +27 (0) 10 020 3919 or 086 688 7109 (South Africa only) for the attention of Cedrick Lumadi, Technical Coordinator. Questions may also be directed to the above email address or should be directed to the Technical Coordinator at telephone number +27 (0)10 020 3910.

The LAW.ZA Draft Charter can be downloaded here...
The LAW.ZA Concept Framework can be downloaded here...



The .ZA Second Level Domain (SLD) General Policy can be downloaded here...

Essentially,the General Policy amongst other issues:

  • Confirms key principles, practices and standards that underpin domain name registration in .ZA SLDs.
  • Clarifies differences existing between restricted and unrestricted .ZA Second Level Domains (“SLDs”), and the exceptions that may exist in the treatment of different SLDs.
  • Lays a foundation in respect of which future ZADNA policies and regulations dealing with specific areas may be developed.

.ZA SLD Administrators and Registry Operators are given a period of 3 (three) months, ending 30 June 2015, to prepare for compliance with the General Policy. Requests for extended preparation period are welcome in this regard and will be considered and dealt with by ZADNA on a case-by-case basis. Such requests may be submitted to [email protected] by Thursday, 30 April 2015.



The Authority follows an inclusive policy development process which includes a public consultation process.

In 2005, ZADNA released the draft discussion document which was used to confirm the structure of .ZA and the role of registries and registrars in .ZA. In 2007, ZADNA released the draft .za policies and procedures which was the result of 2005 draft discussion document.

The outcome of the 2007 policy consultation process was the decision to establish the ZA Central Registry which was appointed in 2012 following detailed benchmarking and consultation processes with local and international parties.

Between 2012 and 2014, ZADNA focused on several policy development processes, especially involving net.za, org.za and web.za charters. The charters were approved in 2014, and resulted in the re-launch of the 3 second level domains under the operation of the ZACR.

New domains

The .za DNA constitution contains the policy namely  Establishment and Disestablishment of New Second Level Sub-domains. However, for the last 5 years the Authority put a moratorium on accepting new domain applications pending introducing the .za domain policy and the licensing of registries and registrars.

Dormant domain deletions

In early 2009, the Authority decided to delete all the domains that were inactive. For future reference, the Authority has developed a domain deletion policy and procedure. As a policy directive the Authority does not intend to delete a domain as long as it is active (i.e. it has at least a single active registration and/or its name servers are operational).

Approved .ZA SLD Charters

ZADNA has approved the following SLD Charters:

ZA SLD Published Policies

The following policies were developed and published by ZA Central Registry in consultation with ZADNA:


The org.za net.za and web.za namespace were transitioned to the management of the ZA Central Registry in 2014. The links below provide crucial information regarding this transition and re-launch process.