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TLD typeCountry code top-level domain
RegistryZA Central Registry (ZA Central Registry)
Intended useEntities connected with South Africa
Actual usePopular in South Africa
Registration restrictionsNone in .co.za; various restrictions in other subdomains
StructureRegistrations are only taken at third level beneath various second-level labels
DocumentsArticles of Association of ZADNA
Dispute policiesAlternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Registry websiteZACR

.za is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa. The .za namespace is managed and regulated by the .za Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).[1] Most domains are registered under the second-level domain .co.za.[2]

ZA hails from Dutch: Zuid-Afrika.


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. The international vehicle code for South Africa has been "ZA" since 1936. Additionally, South African aircraft registration prefixes also start with Z.

Second-level domains[edit]

.ZA has a Second Level Domain (SLD) Structure.[3]


  • .ac.za[4] - 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 Defence & its institutions
  • .net.za - primarily for network & internet infrastructure providers
  • .nom.za - personal names, not organisations
  • .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 organisations. 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 7 August 2009[5]

  • .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.[6] 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.[6] The most common 1st character in domain names is "c", with 10.76% of .za domains starting with this character.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ".za Domain Name Authority". www.zadna.org.za. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ ".za Domain Name Authority". www.zadna.org.za. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  3. ^ "Policies - .za Domain Name Authority". www.zadna.org.za. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  4. ^ Eagleeyenaran (2017-07-14), English: AC.ZA is a moderated domain intended for use by higher education institutions, learned societies and associated research and support institutions that are domiciled in the Republic of South Africa., retrieved 2017-07-14
  5. ^ ".za Domain Name Authority" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2013-03-12.
  6. ^ a b c "Internet statistics of South African avidom.co.za". www.avidom.co.za. Retrieved 2017-02-20.[permanent dead link]

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