Call To Action

In a bid to create more awareness around COVID-19 Government has called on all .za domain name holders that have an associated website to create a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za. For more details see section 5.1.4 of Regulation No. 43164 published on 26 March 2020.

ZACR Products and Namespaces

The ZACR is the Registry Operator for numerous namespaces. In order for Registrars to provision domain names in the ZACR namespaces, one or more Technical OT&Es have to be obtained.

Technical OT&Es are tests that are performed in OT&E (Operational Testing and Evaluation) environments, allowing registrars to design their systems and prove their technical capacity without having an impact on the Live namespaces.

Passing a Technical OT&E will allow a registrar to provision domain names in the namespaces for which the Technical OT&E is linked to.

NOTE: Having Technical OT&Es does not necessarily entitle a registrar to operate within the allowed namespaces, as several namespaces have additional requirements and Policy limitations that must also be met by registrars.

 

Below are the various Technical OT&Es that the ZACR offers, as well as their current namespaces in which registrars can operate.

 

ZA

Obtaining ZA OT&E will allow a registrar to provision domain names in the following namespaces:

  • .co.za
  • .web.za
  • net.za
  • org.za

Prior to being provisioned with OT&E credentials, non ICANN Accredited registrars must pay an Accreditation Fee of ZAR 5000 to the registry.


Click here for more information concerning ZA accreditation.

 

 

Launch

Obtaining Launch OT&E will allow a registrar to participate in the Launch Phase of new namespaces that are being launched by the ZACR.

Launches of new namespaces are a periodic event, happening only once at the beginning of a namespace lifecycle.

Launch OT&E will allow a registrar to participate in the Launch Phase of the following namespaces:

  • .africa
  • .durban
  • .capetown
  • .joburg


Click here for more information concerning Launch accreditation.

 

 

general availability

Obtaining the gTLD General Availability (GA) OT&E will allow a registrar to participate in the General Availability Phase of the ZACR Geographic Top Level Domains.

The gTLD GA Phase happens after the Launch of the gTLD namespace and it constitutes the continuous domain name provisioning operations for the remainder of the namespace lifecycle.

gTLD GA OT&E will allow a registrar to provision domain names in the GA Phase of the following namespaces:

  • .africa
  • .durban
  • .capetown
  • .joburg


Click here for more information concerning General Availability accreditation.

 

 

Additional Information

The ZACR will be updating this page and providing notice on its Noticeboard of new namespaces that it will be administering. Registrars are encouraged to keep a close watch on the Noticeboard.

To begin an OT&E, registrars must log into their Registrar Panel and select the OT&E from the Registrar Panel. Once selected, the ZACR will provision OT&E credentials and information to the registrar so they may begin their Technical OT&E.

Registrars can track their progress as well as use the various tools at their disposal for each OT&E by accessing the available accreditation from their Registrar Panel.

Once an OT&E is complete, registrars will have the option to select the various namespaces available for that Accreditation. Registrars may select all available namespaces for that Accreditation. The ZACR will provide credentials for the Live Server for each namespace selected, ONLY IF the registrar qualifies to provision domain names in the selected namespace in accordance to the restrictions outlined in the namespace's Policies.

From the information above, the various ZACR OT&Es must be combined in order for a registrar to participate in a namespace from its inception (Launch). For example, if the ZACR launches a new gTLD, registrars are encouraged to obtain Launch OT&E AND gTLD GA OT&E. This will allow a registrar to participate in the Launch Phase AND GA Phase for the gTLD, having access to the namespace from its inception.

Registrars may also choose where to begin participation in a namespace by selecting their OT&Es. This means that if a registrar does not have Launch OT&E, but has gTLD GA OT&E, the registrar will not particpate in the Launch Phase of a gTLD, but may begin provisioning domain names from the start of the General Availability Phase.

Every namespace is subject to its own Policies for the various phases. Registrars MUST familiarise themselves with the relevant policies. All Policies can be accessed from the Top Menu under the "Legal/Policies" section, within the name for each namespace.

 

Last update: 11-09-2014 10:54:04

Technical Support

All issues and questions relating to the co.za EPP Registry Registrar System must be raised in the Contact/Support pages through the Registrar Portal. This is to ensure that our support department tracks and addresses all issues. Log in to the Registrar Portal and submit a support request online.

 

Registrar Noticeboard

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