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Status: Delegated
country: South Africa
Manager: UniForum SA
Registry Provider: UniForum SA
Registry: ZA Central Registry
Registry Backend: Domain Name Services (Pty) Ltd
Date Implemented: 05 June 2014
Type: GeoTLD
Key People
Neil Dundas, Director
Registrations: 1,880
Parked Domains: 1,258
Parked Domain %: 66.91 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 June 2014
General Availability: 04 November 2014

More Information: 1}}

.durban is a delegated GeoTLD in ICANN's new gTLD expansion program. The application for the .durban domain name string was submitted by UniForum SA (ZA Central Registry), registry operator of South Africa's .za country code top level domain (ccTLD). The company is also doing business as ZA Central Registry, and has applied for .africa, .joburg, and .capetown.[1][2] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 05 June, 2014.[3]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"UniForum SA is a non-profit company incorporated in South Africa and trading as the .ZA Central Registry (“ZACR”). The ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is the South African ccTLD Manager established in terms of Chapter X of the Electronic Communications and Transactions (ECT) Act of South Africa to manage and regulate the ZA ccTLD, and to develop the domain name industry in South Africa.

As the exclusive domain name authority of South Africa, ZADNA appointed UniForum SA to serve as the ZA Central Registry and provide a centralised platform for the operation of ZA second level domains such as co.za, net.za, org.za and web.za. ZADNA has, with the support of the Department of Communications, officially appointed UniForum SA to apply for, manage and administer the dotDurban gTLD. This forms part of the national domain name strategy aimed at ensuring that South Africa’s three major cities - Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg are at the forefront of digital innovation and leadership.


The dotDurban registration policy will be established, implemented and maintained through the ZACR as an unrestricted gTLD under the ICANN framework. The registration policy will be based on the premise that it will set out the technical and administrative procedures and criteria used by the registry with regards to domain name registrations or requests for such registrations, including cancellations, transfers, suspensions, revocations, etc. The policy will be informed and guided by the consensus-driven policies and procedures developed through the ICANN multi-stakeholder process."[4]