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.
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.
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.
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@example.com by Thursday, 30 April 2015.
The Authority follows an inclusive policy development process which includes a public consultation process.
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.
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).
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.
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.