This article describes the procedures and requirements of .org.za domain names.
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Successful domain registration via RCP or API requires:

  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group.
  • full legal names of Registrant and Administrative, Technical and Billing contacts should be provided.

All domain names between 1 (one) and 3 (three) letters are considered Premium Domain Names in the Org.Za namespace.

When registering a new domain name, the administrator will check that the listed nameservers are properly configured for the domain name. Should the listed nameservers fail the administrator’s checks the domain name application will be processed, but the domain name will not be published in the Org.Za zone file. This means that it will not be reachable on the internet. The "administrator" means the Org.za domain name administrator, namely ZA Central Registry NPC.

Successful domain transfer via RCP or API requires:

  • two or more nameservers or a nameserver group.
  • full legal names of Registrant and Administrative, Technical and Billing contacts should be provided.

At initiation of the transfer, the registry sends an e-mail to the registrant and to the current registrar of the domain. Action is required:

  • If the registrant approves the transfer, the transfer finishes immediately.
  • If the current registrar approves the transfer, the transfer will finish after 5 days (even if the registrant rejects the transfer).
  • If none of the parties approves the transfer, the transfer will fail after 5 days.

The renewal period is automatically set to a default of 1 (one) year upon successful domain transfer between registrars, or is renewed during the Closed Redemption phase.

* “Closed Redemption Phase” means a period of 20 (twenty) consecutive days commencing on the expiry of the pending deletion period (5 consecutive days), only if a domain is expired; 

Additional notes on a .org.za transfer

  • After the transfer finishes, Openprovider sends new domain data to the registry. The update of the registrant may take 5 days; the registrant will receive an e-mail with an update notification.
Authorization code required no
Method of confirmation email
Registration period after transfer restarts
Average transfer time 5 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .org.za domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

An owner change is done via a normal domain update. Rather than a normal update, the registry starts a 5-days "pending period" after the owner change has been requested. At the start of this period, the current holder receives a notification e-mail. At the end of the period, the new holder receives a notification e-mail. During those five days, no other update can be done to the domain name. It is not required to respond to the e-mails of the registry: the change will automatically be applied.

Other update

An update is performed realtime, unless the registrant changes as well.
If you want to combine a nameserver update with an owner change, first change the nameservers (realtime) and in a second update change the domain owner (which starts a 5-days pending update period). The domain owner receives a notification e-mail.

Nameserver update: Nameservers must be configured and return an authoritative answer (resolving) before you update the domain towards the new nameservers. If the zone is not found on the new nameserver or not resolving, the registry will reject the update.


  • requested via RCP or API
  • processed realtime
  • will result in a quarantine period

Restore / reactivate

  • restore / reactivation supported via RCP or API
  • quarantine period can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period
Domain lifecycle
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: yes
  • Minimum length: 2 characters
  • Maximum length: 63 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: no
  • Registration period: 1 year
  • Renewal date offset: 2 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
    Note that the dates as shown in your Openprovider account are always leading, even if they do not match the renewal date offset mentioned here.
  • Soft quarantine period: n/a days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 19 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? no
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? n/a
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? yes
  • Nameservers must be configured and return an authoritative answer before the domain is requested.
  • Policies -
  • https://www.registry.net.za/content.php?gen=1&contentid=143&title=Legal_/_Policies
Registration agreement The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following:

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