The .ZA Domain Name Authority appoints ZA Registry Consortium as the registry operator for .za commercial SLDs


[Johannesburg, South Africa, 02 September 2022]: South Africa’s regulator for the .za namespace, the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) – whose mandate is to administer and manage the .za namespace, has concluded the Registry Operator Agreement (ROA) negotiations with the ZA Registry Consortium (ZARC).

According to ZADNA, the ZARC is the preferred service provider that will assume the Registry Operator role for the .za commercial second-level domains (SLDs), for five years.

“We are pleased to appoint the ZARC through a rigorous and open process, and we have no doubt that this relationship will take the .za namespace to greater heights,” says Molehe Wesi, CEO of ZADNA.

ZARC – a Consortium established by the ZA Central Registry, a non-profit company and Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd – will provide ZADNA with administrative and technical services for the operation and maintenance of;; and as of 1 October 2022, until October 2027.

“Conclusion of this process will provide the reassurance and much-needed stability we have always committed to; and now the real work to continue to provide a secure, resilient and vibrant .za namespace starts,” concludes Wesi.



The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is a not-for-profit company established in terms of section 59 of the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act, 2002 (Act 25 of 2002).  ZADNA’s mandate is to regulate the .za namespace and ensure its efficient use, management, and administration.  ZADNA is accountable to its members and the South African Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT).

For more information, contact Angel Selebano on 063 707 3274 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.