South Africa’s flagship .co.za TLD has crossed the 1.25 million mark in domain registrations. ZA Central Registry (ZACR) which handles the .za domain, attributed this milestone to the rise in domain registrations by SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises). The COVID-19 lockdown made people turn to online services and business owners quickly took the cue.
“It speaks volumes that CO.ZA has powered over the 1.25 million-mark during the current lockdown. Anecdotal evidence suggests that South Africans are increasingly snapping up domains to help them launch businesses, pursue creative and study endeavours, secure their digital identities and generally become much more active online,” says Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO.
Masilela lauded Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, the late communications minister who pushed for the nation’s ‘Triple R’ domain name management model. The model clearly separates the roles and responsibilities of the Registry, Registrar and Regulator in the local domain space.
“Our current model championed by the late minister is one of the reasons SA boasts the highest number of domain name registrations coupled with the lowest domain name operating and registration costs on the continent, even within the current framework of an inflationary-based wholesale fee adjustment request,” adds Masilela.
The ZACR is in charge of the .co.za, .net.za, .web.za, .org.za and three geographical TLDs of the cities of Joburg (.joburg), Cape Town (.capetown) and Durban (.durban). The registry has also secured the rights to manage the .africa TLD for the benefit of the African community, and intends to take .co.za to even greater heights.