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Introduced 1990
TLD type Country code top-level domain
Status Active
Registry ZADNA
Sponsor ZADNA
Intended use Entities connected with  South Africa
Actual use Popular in South Africa
Registration restrictions None in .co.za; various restrictions in other subdomains
Structure Registrations are only taken at third level beneath various second-level labels
Documents Articles of Association of ZADNA
Dispute policies Under development
Website ZADNA

.za is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa. It is administered by the ZADNA.

None of the official names for South Africa can be abbreviated to ZA, which is an abbreviation of the Dutch Zuid-Afrika. Dutch was considered an official language in the Union of South Africa until 1961; it subsequently lost its synonymous status with Afrikaans in 1983 and Suid-Afrika is now the more common regional spelling. However, the .sa domain is used by Saudi Arabia and ZAR also serves as the ISO 4217 currency code for the South African rand.

Even the international vehicle code for South Africa has been "ZA" since 1936.

2nd level domains[edit]

Open and active[edit]

  • .ac.za - academic and tertiary societies
  • .co.za - commercial, general use
  • .edu.za - for distance learning institutions
  • .gov.za - government departments
  • .law.za - for legal firms
  • .mil.za - military institutions
  • .nom.za - for personal names, not organizations
  • .org.za - for non-commercial entities.
  • .school.za - for schools in South Africa


  • .alt.za - Historical registrants
  • .net.work.za - Network infrastructure.
  • .ngo.za - for non-governmental organizations. New registrations pending .za DNA public consultation process
  • .tm.za - for trademarks. On hold pending establishment of the .ZA DNA
  • .web.za - only for web servers. New registration system under development.


  • .agric.za - ARC & Company
  • .grondar.za - Mark R V Murray
  • .inca.za - Internetworking Cape
  • .nis.za - Network Information Systems

Former (Deleted)[edit]

ZADNA removed a number of domains from the .za zone on the 7 August 2009[1]

  • .bourse.za - for all companies which are listed on the JSE Securities Exchange
  • .city.za - for municipal governments.
  • .cybernet.za - Infront Investments Five cc
  • .db.za - De Beers
  • .iaccess.za - Compustat
  • .imt.za - Institute for Maritime Technology
  • .landesign.za - Lan Design (no longer exists)
  • .olivetti.za - Olivetti/Mark Elkins
  • .pix.za - Proxima Information Exchange

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