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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 .za Domain Name Authority (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. Suid-Afrika is the standard spelling in Afrikaans; however, the .sa domain is used by Saudi Arabia. Zuid-Afrika has a history of usage: ZAR 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 - South African academic and tertiary societies
  • .co.za - general use by South African and non-South African persons and entities
  • .edu.za - South African further education training and private colleges
  • .gov.za - South African government & its departments and entities
  • .law.za - South African legal firms
  • .mil.za - South African Department of Defense & its institutions
  • .net.za - primarily for network & internet infrastructure providers
  • .nom.za - personal names, not organizations
  • .org.za - primarily for South African non-commercial entities.
  • .school.za - for schools in South Africa
  • .web.za - general use by South Africans & non-South Africans


  • .alt.za - Historical registrants
  • .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


  • .agric.za - ARC & Company
  • .grondar.za - Mark R V Murray
  • .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
  • .inca.za - Internetworking Cape
  • .landesign.za - Lan Design (no longer exists)
  • .olivetti.za - Olivetti/Mark Elkins
  • .pix.za - Proxima Information Exchange


Currently around 29.39% of the .za internet is served via secured HTTPS protocol, with the Let s Encrypt Authority X3 being the most popular SSL certificate.[2] Apache is the most popular web server, serving 66.56% of the .za domains, followed by Microsoft-IIS serving 11.60% of the total .za domains.[2] The most common 1st character in domain names

c, with 10.76% of .za domains starting with this character.[2]


  1. ^ ".za Domain Name Authority" (PDF). 
  2. ^ a b c "Internet statistics of South African avidom.co.za". www.avidom.co.za. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 

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