South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) is tasked with administering second-level domains within the greater .ZA namespace, which includes
ZACR regularly undertakes technical streamlining as part of its continued and transparent efforts to maintain the country’s enviable DNS (domain name system) proficiency.
In pursuit of this, and in line with a previous ZADNA (ZA Domain Name Regulatory Authority) decision to have all domains transferred from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars, ZACR last week suspended all domain names that had not migrated across to new registrars. This total includes some 15 000 domains.
According to ZACR CEO, Lucky Masilela: “Suspension does not mean deletion and all domain name holders still have until 1 September 2017 to transfer their domains to ZACR-accredited registrars.”
The ZACR has several times, over the course of a full year, communicated its intent to suspend non-compliant domains from 1 September 2016 and to finally delete them on 1 September 2017. This has been communicated, inter alia, via the ZACR website’s Registrar Noticeboard as well as via email. Apart from email communications, lists of domain names were made available to Registrars at their specific request and an independent consultant was also appointed to contact registrants with a view to managing this migration process.
“Any names that have not been transferred to .ZA- accredited registrars by 1 September 2017 will no longer be reachable on the Internet. These domain names will then be deleted and made available for re-registration on a first-come, first-served basis,” concluded Mr Masilela.
A complete list of domain names that remain on the default registrar is available at default registrar and will be updated periodically.