The ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR) is set to delete some 12 613 domain names tomorrow (1 September) and make them available for re-registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
The move by the country’s .ZA domain name administrator follows an extensive two-year public awareness campaign aimed at encouraging domain name owners to transfer their domains from ZACR’s Legacy platform to the EPP platform via the use of Accredited Registrars. It comes after 15 420 domain names were already suspended on 1 September 2016.

“The unfortunate spectre of thousands of domain name deletions is looming over the local domain name industry and it’s entirely avoidable,” says Lucky Masilela, ZACR CEO. “We urge those domain name owners who have not yet heeded our many requests to migrate to ZACR-Accredited Registrars to do so without delay.”

The ZACR is tasked with administering second-level domains within the greater .ZA namespace and this includes The intent to suspend non-compliant domains from 1 September 2016 and to finally delete them on 1 September 2017 has been communicated by ZACR over a period of time.

The ZACR is responsible for the technical and administrative well-being of the entire South African presence on the Web.

More information about the suspension of the domains can be accessed at suspension information while a complete list of domain names that remain on the default registrar is available at default registrar.