Here is why over 13 000 websites have been suspended

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South Africa’s ZA Central Registry (ZACR) last week undertook the rather mammoth task to suspend 13 799 websites registered under the second-level domain.

The reason for this, the Registry explained, was to ensure the smooth running of the country’s domain name system.

As part of this, all domains had to be manually transferred by their respective owners from a legacy system to ZACR-accredited Registrars – and those that didn’t faced the chop.

If you have been caught out of the loop with this one, ZACR did explain that the suspension wasn’t permanent and that owners have until 1st September next year to get their affairs in order. But if nothing is done by that cut-off date, the websites will be deleted.

“Any names that have not been transferred to .ZA- accredited registrars by 1 September 2017 will no longer be reachable on the Internet. These domain names will then be deleted and made available for re-registration on a first-come, first-served basis,” explained ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela.

Technically if you have a website that makes use of the domain, you should have known about this change for a while.

“This has been communicated, inter alia, via the ZACR website’s Registrar Noticeboard as well as via email. Apart from email communications, lists of domain names were made available to Registrars at their specific request and an independent consultant was also appointed to contact registrants with a view to managing this migration process,” ZACR said.

If you want to check if you will be affected, a complete list of domain names that remain on the default registrar is available at the default registrar and will be updated periodically.

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Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.