The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) announced on Tuesday, 4 November 2014, that the new ZADotCities domains (.capetown, .joburg, and .durban) had become available to the general public.
This followed parallel “sunrise” and “landrush” periods, which the ZACR said were designed to give intellectual property rights owners and other interested parties the opportunity to the apply for their city top-level domains (TLDs).
With the launch of the ZADotCities general availability phase, these new TLDs are now available on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone in the world who wants such a domain name.
Now that the initial phases have ended and the general public have started applying for their own dotCities domains, it is interesting to know which domains were registered first.
Asked about this, the ZACR provided the following breakdown of applications it received.
During the Sunrise phase, the first applications received were:
In the Landrush phase, the first applications received were:
After the General Availability phase began, the first three confirmed registrations for each domain space were as follows: