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.ZADNA releases draft licensing regulations for comment

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The .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) has published the draft .za registry and registrar licensing regulations that provide details on the requirements to be met by registries and registrars to be licensed by the authority.

They also provide the steps to be taken when applying for the renewal of the licence and how to address contraventions of the licence conditions.

In a statement, the regulator says the draft regulations are in accordance with the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECT Act) 25 of 2002, Section 68 and 94 of the ECT Act, which authorises the authority, with the approval of the minister, to make regulations.

According to Molehe Wesi, CEO of .ZADNA, these regulations facilitate a fundamental constitutional process of public participation.

“.ZADNA calls upon all stakeholders and interested parties to provide comments on the published draft regulations, and the deadline for receiving comments is 6 June 2022,” says Wesi.

“We call upon the public and the internet community to scrutinise the document and provide us with input on the proposed draft. These regulations are in line with prescripts of the law, particularly section 65 (1) (c) and 65 (1) (d) of the ECT Act, which details the functions of the authority,” adds Wesi.

Once the regulations are promulgated, .ZADNA will continuously engage industry stakeholders to ensure minimal disruption, says the authority.

“This has been a long time in the making, and we are delighted to engage in the process of promulgating these regulations, and what a way to celebrate the 20 years of the ECT Act,” concludes Wesi.

The published regulations can be viewed here.

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