The first co.za domain name – bksinc.co.za – was registered on 25 June 1992, and is seen by some as the birth of the local web.
The initial uptake for co.za domain names was slow, and by 1995 there were around 400 registrations.
This started to change in 1997, when 56kbps dial-up connections gained popularity – with products like MWEB’s Big Black Box attracting many subscribers.
Prominent co.za websites were launched in the late nineties to serve the growing Internet population in South Africa, including Bidorbuy, IOL, and PrivateProperty.
Around 2000, many companies had a web presence in South Africa – with most of them using the co.za domain.
Here is what SA websites looked like in 2000, courtesy of the Wayback Machine.
South African Government – http://www.gov.za
Telkom – http://www.telkom.co.za
MTN – http://www.mtn.co.za
Internet Solutions – http://www.is.co.za
Webafrica – http://www.webafrica.co.za
ABSA – http://www.absa.co.za
Nedbank – http://www.nedbank.co.za
Standard Bank – http://www.standardbank.co.za
Mail & Guardian – http://www.mg.co.za
Bidorbuy – http:///www.bidorbuy.co.za