What is a Domain?
On the Internet, a domain name is a string that identifies a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control.
Domain Registration In South Africa
CIPC in collaboration with ZADNA and ZACR now offers domain name registration for any registered company, close corporation, or co-operative. We currently only offer .co.za domains with a plan to include other top-level domains in the future. The co. za domain name registration costs R63.25 which all goes to the regulator of domain names, ZADNA. Please note that we cannot use any funds you might have available on your CIPC virtual account; you will need either a debit or credit card to register a domain.
We do not offer hosting, only domain name registration. Domains registered through us will have to be transferred to an accredited registrar within a year (365 days) to avoid deregistration. A list of accredited registrars will be sent to you once you’ve registered a domain name. You can also view the list here.
All domain names registered through CIPC must be linked to existing companies, therefore you must have a registered company before you can start with this process.
How much does it cost to register a domain name in South Africa?
Domain Name Registration Costs in South Africa. za domain, which is the most popular type of domain in South Africa, costs between R50 and R150 per year to register.
Other domain extensions, such as .com, . org, and . net, can cost anywhere from R100 to R400 per year.
How do I know if a domain name is available in South Africa?
Look up online registrars on the web. Check the domain’s availability by entering the name into a search engine. If the domain name you want is already in use, choose a new one.
How do I become a domain registrar in South Africa?
Register for a Registrar Account via the ZACR website.
Accept and agree to the Registrar Agreement.
Pay ZACR the required amount for your Registrar Application.
Upon proof of payment receive your ZACR OT&E credentials. These credentials are used for completing your Technical Accreditation.
Complete the Technical Accreditation.
Upload your Certificate and source IP addresses to the Registry Portal.
Await legal accreditation. This process is handled by ZACR and it includes validation of the documents submitted to them at the time of accepting the Registrar Agreement.
Await confirmation of your approval as an Accredited Registrar along with your Live EPP Credentials.