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African Domains: South Africa (.za)


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.za Registration:

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.za is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for South Africa. It is administered by the ZADNA.

None of the official names for South Africa can be abbreviated to ZA, which is an abbreviation of the Dutch Zuid-Afrika. This is a legacy of when Dutch was an official language in South Africa, before being replaced by Afrikaans, in which the name o the country is Suid-Afrika. Afrikaans joined English and Dutch as an official language of the South Africa in 1925, and in the South African Constitution of 1961 Dutch was removed as an official language altogether, decades before .za was introduced. However, the .sa domain is used by Saudi Arabia and ZAR is also the ISO 4217 currency code for the South African Rand.

Background Information :


2008 estimate 47 900 000 (25) - 2001 census 44 819 778 - Density 39/km2 (170) 101/sq mi


(PPP) 2007 estimate - Total $467.381 billion (25th) - Per capita $9,767 (76th)

National Anthem

National anthem of South Africa


Total 1 221 037 km2 (25) 471 443 sq mi - Water (%) Negligible

International Dialling Code



Rand (ZAR)

Population type

79.5% Black 9.2% White 8.9% Coloured 2.5% Asian


Parliamentary republic - President Kgalema Motlanthe - Deputy President Baleka Mbete - NCOP Chairman M. J. Mahlangu - National Assembly Speaker Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde - Chief Justice Pius Langa


Afrikaans English Southern Ndebele Northern Sotho Southern Sotho Swazi Tsonga Tswana Venda Xhosa Zulu


Unity In Diversity

Time Zone

SAST (UTC+2) The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa. The South African coast stretches 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) and borders both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north of South Africa lie Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland, while the Kingdom of Lesotho is an independent enclave surrounded by South African territory.

Modern human beings have inhabited South Africa for more than 100,000 years. A century and a half after the discovery of the Cape Sea Route, the Dutch East India Company founded a refreshment station at what would become Cape Town in 1652. Cape Townbecame a British colony in 1806. European settlement expanded during the 1820s as the Boers (original Dutch, Flemish, German and French settlers) and the British 1820 Settlers claimed land in the north and east of the country. Conflicts arose among the Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaner grops. However, the discovery of diamonds and later gold triggered the conflict known as the Anglo-Boer War as the Boers and the British fought for the control of the South African mineral wealth. Although the Boers were defeated, limited independence was iven to South Africa in 1910 as a British dominion. Anti-British policies focused on ultimate independence which was achieved in 1961 when South Africa was declared a republic. The leading National Party legislated for a continuation of racial segregation begun under Dutch and British colonial rule, oer republics, and subsequent South African governments (and which in 1948 became legally institutionalized segregation known as apartheid), despite opposition both in and outside of the country. In 1990 the then president F.W. de Klerk began to dismantle this legislation, and in 1994 the first democratic election was held in South Africa. This election brought Nelson Mandela and the current ruling party, the African National Congress to power, and the country rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations.

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