It was announced last December, but the launch of the platform whereby South African companies can register their company name and a corresponding .za domain name at the same time is finally here.
Through the initiative, South African companies can register their domain names at cost price through the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) in an initiative between the government agency and the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) who collaborated to the develop system.
The partnership is intended to make it easier and more convenient for users of the CIPC platform to register .ZA domain names that match their company names. The cost of domain registration on this platform is only R51.75 (US$4.15), this being the current cost price charged to ZACR’s accredited registrars. CIPC has been accredited as a non-commercial .ZA registrar to enable the initiative.
The Domain Name Registration Platform was launched by Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister, Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on 24 April.
“The partnership between CIPC and the ZADNA is in line with the National Integrated ICT White Paper Policy that alludes to SMME development and support. This collaboration will enable SMME’s to be able to have a domain name and website at the onset of company registration thereby supporting SMME’s development,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams prior to the launch.