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ZA domains ZA supports a second level domain (SLD) structure which means that domain names can only be registered under an SLD e.g. yourname.gov.za or yourname.net.za. ZADNA decides which SLDs should be added to .za, which current SLDs should be reviewed, and the entities that should be entrusted with operating the SLDs. Moderated and un-moderated [...]
Is it possible to obtain the Who-is (domain name holder and availability information) for a domain name in .za? Category: Domain Information Yes, depending on the .za SLD you are considering. Not all SLDs have readily available Whois information for now. You would have to check with each SLD operator, but ZADNA also has a [...]
How does a domain work? Every computer on the public Internet has a unique numeric address—similar to the uniqueness of a telephone number—which is a string of numbers that is difficult for most people to remember. This string is called the “IP address.” IP stands for “Internet Protocol.” To make it easier to find a [...]
How Do I Lodge a Domain Name DIspute? A complainant can lodge a dispute by first selecting a service provider from those accredited by ZADNA. Then the dispute should be submitted to the selected accredited provider in the manner outlined in Chapter III of the Regulations. In addition, the complainant may be required by the [...]
Does ZADNA Have Mechanisms To Resolve .za Domain Name Disputes? Yes, ZADNA has the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations for the resolution of disputes, but the ADR Regulations only apply to un-moderated SLDs under ZACR’s operation. The ADR Regulations are based on section 69 of the ECT Act that requires the Minister of Communications to promulgate ADR Regulations for [...]
Can Only South African Citizens Register .za? Category: Registration 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. However, co.za normally accepts domain name registrations from both South Africans and non-South Africans. Where a non-South African registers a [...]

Why do South African domain names end in .za and not sa? South Africa was a signatory to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals. That was the convention that chose the country codes for those oval stickers on cars that tell you where the car is from. The country codes were established […]

What is ICANN? Category: Disputes, Registration The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Domain Name System to ensure that every address is unique and that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. It also oversees and coordinates the distribution of unique IP addresses and [...]
Can I register a domain name directly under .za? Category: Domain Information 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). Notably, other TLDs allow registration of domain names directly under a TLD e.g. yourname.com. This is not the case for .za.
What is an abusive registration? Category: Disputes, Registration An “abusive registration” is basically a domain name registration which is registered to take unfair advantage of another person’s rights, or to be detrimental to, or infringing, another person’s rights. The complainant must show that the complainant has rights in respect of a name or a mark which [...]
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