ZACR marks 30 years as Africa’s best performing registry

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) NPC has celebrated 30 years of administering South Africa’s presence on the worldwide web. This includes the close to 1.2 million CO.ZA second-level domains, as well as the web.za, org.za and net.za domains.

“We’ve been on the job for almost 11 000 (10 957.5) days and never once have any of the ZACR-administered domains experienced a single day of downtime due to our system failure,” says Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR. “This uninterrupted service sustained over 30 years is the reason ZACR is Africa’s best performing registry operator with the highest domain name registration numbers,” adds Mr Masilela.

ZACR is a previous winner of the Best African Registry category awarded by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The ZACR was furthermore one of the first registry operators in the world to implement a Mark Validation System for protecting Intellectual Property Rights within its domain name system.

ZACR was incorporated 30 years ago as UniForum SA on 28 July 1988. The non-profit was founded initially to promote open systems and networks. In 1995 UniForum SA was tasked with administering the fledgling CO.ZA second-level domain within the greater .ZA namespace.

While it took several years to register the first 450 CO.ZA domains, there are today close to 1.2 million domain names ending in co.za, web.za, org.za and net.za. The ZACR’s subsidiary, Registry Africa is also the administrator of the dotAfrica (.africa) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) which has over 17 000 domain name registrations and is already making a significant positive impact on Africa’s presence in cyberspace. Many leading global and continental organisations are buying into the dotAfrica (.africa) brand promise of Africa as the Bright Continent.

For their part, the ZAdotCities domains of .capetown ('dotCapeTown'), .joburg ('dotJoburg') and .durban ('dotDurban') have notched up over 10 000 domain name registrations.  As a South African-built centre of operational excellence, the ZACR as a pioneer of the local domain name space, is essentially responsible for the technical and administrative wellbeing of the South African presence on the worldwide web.

We would like to congratulate those domain names or name holders that have been renewed up to twenty-four times, or for as long as we have been in existence. This includes such leading domains as sabc.co.za which was registered on the 31 December 1994.

Up-to-the-minute registration statistics for all ZACR-administered domains are available on ZACR's website, www.registry.net.za.

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