The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa. It handles the Registration of Companies, Co-operatives and Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks, Patents, Designs and Copyright) in South Africa.
The agency offers the registration of .co.za domain names from its portal before, during or after a company is being registered in South Africa. Considering CIPC is not a traditional domain name registrar, the domain name would necessarily need to be transferred to an accredited ZACR Domain Registrar for continued management.
.co.za domains thus registered through the CIPC can be seamlessly transferred to Web4Africa, a leading ICANN and ZACR Accredited Domain Name Registrar in the Africa region.
To do so, simply make use of the Domain Name Transfer form on the web4africa.co.za website. Where Web4Africa charges for the .co.za domain transfer, the domain would be renewed for 1 year. The transfer can be completed free-of-charge where the domain owner bundles it with web hosting for a minimum term of 1-year at the time of placing the order.
The domain registrant would receive an email from the .za domain registry, to authorize the transfer. The domain transfer would be completed all things being equal once the authorization is completed successfully.
Further renewals of the .co.za domain name would then be done through Web4Africa.