.CAPETOWN, .DURBAN, and .JOBURG Domain Policies

.CAPETOWN, .DURBAN and .JOBURG are the  gTLDs for the cities of Capetown, Durban and Johannesburg respectively, and are administered by the ZA Central Registry (ZACR).

You do not have to be a resident or business operator in any of these cities to register any of these domains.

.CAPETOWN, .DURBAN and .JOBURG domain names must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Can be a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 63 characters (not including the extension).
  • Can only contain letters, numbers, and hyphens.
  • Cannot begin or end with a hyphen.
  • Cannot have two consecutive hyphens.

Registration Details

Registration details can be found in the TLD reference chart.

TMCH Claims Service

The Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) has been established by ICANN to protect the rights of trademark holders during the launch of the new gTLDs; it serves as a centralized database of trademarks. The Clearinghouse accepts records of registered trademarks, validates these records, and then adds them to their trademark database. Only those who have trademarks registered with the TMCH will be able to participate in the Sunrise phase of the launch.

During the Trademark Claims period, if someone tries to register a domain that matches an entry in the TMCH, they will receive a warning that the corresponding trademark has been registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse and that if they register the domain, they could be violating intellectual property rights. If they continue and complete the domain registration, a notification will then be sent to the trademark holder, informing them of the domain registration and they can then decide whether they want to take action.

OpenSRS supports Sunrise registration of domains by mark holders who have an SMD that has been issued by the TMCH.

TMCH claims service will run from July 1, 2014 to February 3, 2015 which covers the first 90 days of General Availability.

Other marks supported by the ZACR (such as marks validated by the MVS or Mark Validation System) are not supported by OpenSRS.

For more information on new gTLDs and the TMCH click here.


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