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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: 17 Jun 2014
Type: GeoTLD
Priority #: 566 - UniForum
Key People
Neil Dundas, Director
Registrations: 2,493
Parked Domains: 1,638
Parked Domain %: 65.7 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 June 2014
General Availability: 04 November 2014

More Information: 1}}

.joburg is a delegated geographical TLD managed by UniForum SA (ZA Central Registry) with ICANN's new gTLD expansion program. UniForum SA is the registry operator of .za country code top level domain name ccTLD. The company is also doing business under the name ZA Central Registry, and is also applying for .africa, .durban, and .capetown.[1][2] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 17 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 dotJoburg 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 (famously known as “Joburg” locally and abroad - are at the forefront of digital innovation and leadership.

In this application the Applicant may be referred to as UniForum SA, the ZA Central Registry or simply ZACR.

The ZACR, ZADNA and the Department of Communications, share a collective vision of establishing and running a successful dotJoburg registry operation for the benefit and pride of those who identify themselves with the city of Johannesburg.

Our primary objective and mission can, therefore, be summarised as follows: “To establish a world class, best-practice dotJoburg gTLD registry that complies with internationally recognised domain name registry standards and technology, utilising national know-how and funding, for the benefit and pride of all persons and entities identifying with and supporting Johannesburg”.

Our mission is to establish the dotJoburg TLD as a proud identifier of Johannesburg’s online identity, fairly reflecting the city’s rich cultural, social and economic diversity and potential. In essence we will strive to develop and position the dotJoburg TLD as the preferred option for individuals and businesses either based in Johannesburg or with strong associations with the city and its people. More especially, the dotJoburg TLD will help boost South Africa’s tourism development strategy concerning the city of Johannesburg, promote talent and create new revenue streams.


The dotJoburg 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]