Domain Names

– Electronic Communications Act 25 of 2002.


Country code top-level domain name: .za (registration not yet possible).

Sub-domains: second-level domain open for registration: (research and academic institutions); (local and related authorities within South Africa); (commercial organizations); (distance learning organizations); (government departments or organizations); (practicing firms of attorneys involved in the Legal profession); (military establishments in South Africa); (individuals); (non-commercial organizations); (schools in South Africa).

Applicant: individuals and legal entities.

Restriction as to nationality: none.

Local presence: not required.

Domestic trademark right: not required for obtaining domain name registration.

Domain name can be registered as a trademark: yes.

Registration, Protection

Duration: one year.

Renewal/maintenance: one year, renewable.

Dispute about ownership: to be brought before the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) or the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL).

Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none, but Alternate Dispute Resolution Regulations are in force under the Electronic Communications Act.

Registration Authority

Authority name: .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).

Internet address: