Domain services

ZADNA appoints .ZA Internet domain registry operator

The .ZA Domain Name Authority (Zadna) has appointed the ZA Registry Consortium (ZARC) as its administrative and technical service provider for the commercial .ZA second-level domains.

The announcement comes after the two entities recently completed Registry Operator Agreement (ROA) negotiations.

“We are delighted to name ZARC through a rigorous and open process, and we have no doubt that this relationship will take the .za namespace to greater heights,” said Zadna CEO Molehe. Wesi.

“The conclusion of this process will provide the much-needed assurance and stability to which we have always been committed; and now the real work to continue to provide a secure, resilient and dynamic .za namespace begins,” added Wesi.

ZARC is a consortium of the non-profit ZA Central Registry and Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd.

Under the ROA, it will provide administrative and technical services for the operation and maintenance of .co.za; .org.za; .net.za and .web.za from October 1, 2022 to October 2027.

Zadna is a South African government agency responsible for administering and managing the .za namespace.

The organization has to be under fire for the proposed sweeping changes to how registrars handle domains under the South Africa country code top-level domain.

These include in particular the following:

  • Registrars (or hosts) must collect identity documents from registrants
  • Registrars must provide Zadna with access to their environments upon request for audits
  • Registrars must pay Zadna a licensing fee, to be determined

The Association of Internet Service Providers (Ispa) has warned that the .ZA brand could suffer serious damage if this draft regulation comes into force.

“Binding Restrictions on Registrars and Registrants [will] leads brand owners to abandon the Internet country code .ZA in favor of one of several generic domains (such as .COM or .BUSINESS) that are easier to register,” said William Stucke, group president of work on Ispa domain names.

“Zadna’s draft policies and procedures, as they currently stand, threaten to destroy 34 years of local and international goodwill toward domains ending in .ZA.”


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