ZA Central Registry (ZACR) confirms that 12 677 domain names are set to be deleted on 1 September 2017.

This is after 15 420 domain names were suspended on 1 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 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.

ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela comments: “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 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.