Deletion deadline looms for domains


ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has confirmed that some 12 677 domain names are set for potential deletion on 1 September 2017. This is after 15 420 domain names were suspended on 01 September 2016 following an extensive pre-deletion public awareness campaign by ZACR.

Deletions are taking place because only 2 394 domain owners have heeded ZACR’s many requests to prevent their eventual deletion by migrating to ZACR-Accredited Registrars.

The ZACR is tasked with administering second-level domains within the greater .ZA namespace – which includes – and is in the process of transferring all domains from a legacy system to ZACR -Accredited Registrars.

According to ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela, “It is good news that many domain name holders have transferred their domains to ZACR-Accredited Registrars since September 2016. However, we are concerned that many more still have not made the transition.”

The ZACR has previously communicated its intent to suspend non-compliant domains from 1 September 2016 and to finally delete them on 1 September 2017.

Any names that have not been transferred to ZACR-Accredited Registrars by 1 September 2017 will be deleted and made available for re-registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants will therefore lose important domains associated with their brand names as well as expose themselves to possible cost implications later on through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process.

A complete list of domain names that remain on the default registrar is available at default registrar and will be updated periodically.

As a South African-built centre of operational excellence, the ZACR is responsible for the technical and administrative wellbeing of the entire South African presence on the worldwide web. It takes this responsibility very seriously, particularly in communicating and providing as much information and support to its clients.

More information about the suspension of the domains can be accessed at suspension information 


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