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The .ZA Domain Name Authority calls for proposals for the provision of registry services for the .za namespace

Dec 09, 2021 | AUTHO: Neo Ntabane

[Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 November 2021]: The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), which is a statutory regulator and manager of the .za namespace has issued a request for proposals for the provision of registry services for co.za, web.za, net.za and org.za second-level domains.

This process provides a unique opportunity for eligible bidders to be appointed as a registry operator offering both administrative and technical services for the operations and maintenance of four .za commercial second-level domains.

The request for proposal is available on the ZADNA website, and submissions close on 9 December 2021.

Chief Executive Officer of ZADNA, Mr Molehe Wesi, says that the organisation is determined to make the industry fluid so that competent service providers, including those from the marginalised groups, can actively participate in the industry.

“We have decided to open the space for all people, irrespective of their demographic background, to embrace the opportunity presented by the technology landscape. Everyone uses the web daily, and we see no reason why they shouldn’t participate in the economic activity of the industry that they support,” says Wesi, adding that “ZADNA as a regulator of the domain namespace is now facilitating an enabling environment for our entrepreneurs to contribute meaningfully to the ICT sector.”

This means that SMMEs can now actively participate in the domain namespace by either becoming a registrar, a domain name reseller or even an entity that provides opportunities for the youth, women and people with disabilities to drive the ecosystem.

“We are determined to realise the obligations of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act by demystifying the industry and implementing an enabling regulatory framework to allow more participants to engage in economic activity. Anyone can participate,” says Wesi. “We will conduct virtual workshops to empower passionate young people, people with disabilities and women engage in the process and embrace opportunities,” he explains.

According to Wesi, ZADNA strives to strengthen relations and engagement with the .za stakeholders, ensure collaborative efforts are pursued, and that the namespace remains competitive.

Furthermore, ZADNA collaborates with its key stakeholder through various means to ensure that direct and indirect stakeholders, local and international partners, and .za collaborators across the globe contribute to matters of the South African Internet space in a meaningful and sustainable manner.”

 

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The ZA Domain Name Authority

For more information, contact Angel Selebano on +2710 020 3910 or email: zadnamedia@zadna.org.za

 

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