From today, 4 November 2014, any individual or organisation may register a .joburg (‘dotJoburg’), .capetown (‘dotCapeTown’) or .durban (‘dotDurban) city Top-Level Domain (cTLD) on a first-come, first served basis.
Domains.co.za managing director Wayne Diamond explained that today marks the launch of the ZADotCities General Availability (GA) phase, which follows the parallel Sunrise and Landrush periods.
The first two ZADotCities launch phases were designed to give intellectual property owners time to apply for their own cTLDs.
“GA means that anyone – whether in South Africa or abroad – can register a dotJoburg, dotCapeTown, or dotDurban city domain name with Domains.co.za for R275,” said Diamond.
This price excludes premium domain names, which are subject to premium pricing from the ZA Central Registry .
According to ZACR, intellectual property owners and others had applied to register well over 1,100 ZAdotCity domain names during the 120-day Sunrise and Landrush periods.
The current GA phase of the ZAdotCity domain names should see a substantial upward swing in the number of dotJoburg, dotCapeTown, and dotDurban domain names registered by individuals and organisations.
Registration of names from today will follow the usual process where applicants register through their chosen accredited registrars.