All websites with South Africa ccTLD, .za, ordered to link to public Covid-19 portal




The South Africa government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies, now requires all websites bearing the .za country code top level domain (ccTLD) to link to the country’s Covid-19 Resource Portal to bolster information dissemination efforts around the global pandemic.

According to new regulations published by the ministry on March 26, 2020, it is explicitly stated that “internet sites operating within .zaDNA top level domain name must have a landing page with a visible link to www.sacoronavirus.co.za.”

The new regulations, which aim to facilitate the availability and use of digital technologies to combat the spread of Covid-19, also have stipulations on what on other types of telecoms service providers and operators need to do as the country seeks to contain spread of the deadly virus.

According to the latest updates, that is as of Monday March 30, 2020, SouthAfrica remains the country most affected by the virus on the continent with 1,280 cases, 1 death and 31 recoveries.

The .za domain is managed by South Africa .za Domain Name Authority (.zaDNA), a not-for-profit that administrates the .za namespace. The organisation is the statutory regulator and manager of .za, the internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa.

Bradly, .zaDNA’s mandate is to among things: administer, regulate and issue licenses in terms of the country’s Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (2002); comply with international best practice in administration and management of the .za namespace; license and regulate registries; and license and regulate registrars for respective registries.

As of today, South Africa currently has 1,264,123 .za domains; 3 city geographical TLDs (or gTLDs) – that is .joburg (dotJoburg); .capetown (dotCapeTown) and .durban (dotDurban). The country has licensed 512 registrars and 12 second-level domains (SLDs), like ‘co.za’.

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