FAQ

Is it possible to obtain the Who-is (domain name holder and availability information) for a domain name in .za?

Yes, depending on the .za SLD you are considering. Not all SLDs have readily available Whois information for now.

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What are the fees involved in registering a domain name?

Usually, you need to pay a registration fee and then pay a renewal fee annually to keep hold of your name.

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Can ZADNA help me choose a suitable registrar to register a domain name on my behalf?

No, ZADNA cannot advise people about suitable registrars.

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Does ZADNA register .za domain names?

No, ZADNA only administers and manages the .za namespace.

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Can I register a .za name if I am not South African?

There is no overall policy prohibiting non-South Africans from registering .za names, but most .za SLDs, especially the moderated ones, limit eligibility to South African persons.

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Can I register a domain name directly under .za?

No, domain name registrations under .za are currently not allowed – one may only register a domain name under an SLD (e.g. yourname.org.za).

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Why does South Africa have the top level domain name of .za and not .sa?

The country codes were established by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) before the domain name system.

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Is there competition between .za and other TLDs?

In its origin, the DNS provides a platform for competition, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Competition occurs at various levels between ccTLDs, between ccTLDs and gTLDs and between registries and registrars.

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Why do the regulations currently only cover co.za names?

This is because the demand for the .za domain name ADR procedure has previously concerned commercial domain names under co.za sub-domains. For sometime there was no apparent demand to extend the application of the procedure to other

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What is cyber-squatting?

Cyber-squatting occurs mainly as a result of the simple first-come, first-served nature of registering domain names.

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