First ever domain names celebrate 20-year anniversary

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) joins 221 domains in celebrating the 20th anniversary of their registration with South Africa’s central domain name registry.

ZA domain names made their appearance in 1995, and since then more than one million .za domains have been registered.

Examples of the first .za domain names include,,,,,, and

“The first group of 221 Platinum domain names are significant because they had the vision to invest in the fledgling .ZA domain name system,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZACR.

“This happened at a time when it was trendy for South African firms to use a .com domain. We commend these registrants for their early confidence in South Africa’s homegrown domain name registry.”

The ZACR operates,,,, and the city Top Level Domains of .capetown (‘dotCapeTown’), .joburg (‘dotJoburg’) and .durban (‘dotDurban).

The latest .za registration statistics, and a breakdown of the numbers according to,,,, and the cTLDs are available at

Over 1,000,000 domains registered in SA

The first .capetown, .joburg, and .durban domains registered

SA domain names: vs,,

First ever domain names in South Africa

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First ever domain names celebrate 20-year anniversary