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.ZA Domain

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NOM.ZA Cleanup Project Plan

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is the statutory regulator and manager of the .ZA namespace. Its mandate includes regulating all the operators of .ZA second level domains (SLDs), including Nom.za, Org.Za, Co.Za, Gov.Za and Net.Za.

Nom.za is the .ZA moderated SLD intended to be used by individuals for the registration of personal names with no commercial value.

Nom.za Charter

Following the consideration of submissions received, ZADNA Board of Directors has approved the final charters for Nom.za and published it on its website.

Nom.za charter was developed by the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) and governs the direction and reason for the Net.Za domain name space.

Cleanup Plan

The NOM.ZA Cleanup Project Plan can be downloaded here.

For more information on the cleanup process, registrars and registrants can visit NOM.ZA News Page website.

ZA SLD TECHNICAL STANDARDS - 2015

The purpose of this document is to outline the (a) the manner in which all ZA Second-Level Domains (SLDs) operation should be handled (b) set and define operational and the technical standards that all ZA SLDs are required to meet.

.ZA DNSSEC POLICIES

.ZADNA has developed and finalised the .ZA DNSSEC Policy & Practice Statement (DPS).

DPS defines the operational procedures for the management of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in the South Africa top-level domain (.ZA) and second level domains under .ZA.

It draws on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) I-D for DNSSEC Practices Statement construction, but has a number of significant differences to keep the .ZA DPS appropriate for .ZA.

.ZA SECOND LEVEL DOMAIN GENERAL POLICY

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 submissions@zadna.org.za by Thursday, 30 April 2015.

Policies

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.zaorg.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

ZA SLD Published Policies

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

The Global Domain Name Registration Guidelines

The Global Domain Name Registration Guidelines outlines domain name registration process as guided by ICANN. The document also covers guidelines regarding registration fees, transfer and renewal proecss.

.ZA Second-level domain Charter Guidelines

The SLD Charter Guidelines sets out guidelines on the interpretation of the .ZA Second-level Domain Charters developed by ZADNA for all the SLDs.

.ZA Registration Practices and Guidelines

The SLD Registration practices and Guidelines provide information on the steps of ZA Second-Level Domains (SLD) registration and the process to be followed.

ZACR Registrar Accreditation

ZACR registrar accreditation guidelines provide a process in terms of steps for potential registrars to become accredited.

SCHOOL.ZA Third-level Launch

The School.za is a moderated Second level domain currently administered and operated by e-Schools’ Network NPC. Currently school.za registration model is on the fourth level. e-Schools’ Network NPC and ZADNA developed a framework and a process to transition from fourth level to third level registration.

The links below provide information regarding the transition process including timelines and launch of third level registration process.

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