South Africa: Iconic Co.za Leaps Over 1 Million Registrations

Johannesburg — THE iconic co.za, South Africa's internet code top-level domain, has surpassed the 1,2 million registrations mark, coinciding with the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) celebrating its 31st anniversary.

ZACR administers co.za. Other domain names under it are web.za, org.za and net.za.

"We are proud to continue to diligently fulfill the trust bestowed upon us by the ICT industry including our invaluable Registrar and Reseller partners and the South African Internet community to look after South African domain names such as co.za," said Lucky Masilela, ZACR Chief Executive Officer.

In 2014, ZACR added the .capetown, .joburg and .durban domains. They have notched up some 12 000 registrations.

Recognising that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will be a knowledge-based transformation, ZACR urged South Africa's youth to register and secure their domain names as a way of owning their digital presence.

"Going forward, the youth must prioritise securing their individual online digital identities and this goes well beyond social media," Masilela said.

ZACR's subsidiary, Registry Africa, is also the administrator of the dotAfrica (.africa) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD), which ZACR says is making an impact on Africa's presence in cyberspace.

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