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Application and Reservation Process

(Click here to see the policy on Reserve Name Application)

The following section provides a step-by-step process to be followed by Representatives when applying for Reserved names in the RNL.

The following Considerations MUST be taken into account. If not considered, it may lead to the rejection of an application:

  • A maximum of 100 names are allowed to be reserved PER government authority
  • Government Authorities wanting more that 100 names to be reserved must apply with the Moderator and provide substansive reasoning for extensions
  • Only Representative account holders may reserve names
  • Representatives may not list themselves or provide false details as the Beneficiary reference on an application
  • Representatives must exercise diligence in gathering all the required information for an application prior to submitting it for moderation
  • Representatives MUST reserve their respective Country Name in the English language. This reservation will not be included in the 100 reserved names
  • Representatives MUST reserve their respective Country Code Top Level Domain (Eg: .us , .kr ...). This reservation will not be included in the 100 reserved names`



Step 1: Application

Representatives must make use of the provided functionality on the RNL Portal to apply for the reservation of a name. Representatives are encouraged to obtain a full listing of the required information prior to applying for a name reservation. Information required for an application includes:

  • Name: The name to be reserved, including the “.africa” string. Eg: “mydomain.africa”.
  • Category: The reserved name category under which the name is to be reserved as per the available categories
  • Motivation: The motivation for the Application as provided by the Beneficiary
  • Beneficiary: The intended Beneficiary of the reservation. Beneficiary information is listed below

The following information is required regarding the Beneficiary of an application:

  • First Name(s)
  • Last name
  • Organisation
  • E-Mail Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Fax Number (If Applicable)
  • Physical Address
  • Postal Address



Step 2: Moderation

The Moderator will review all applications for reserved name and will approve or deny the application. Names that have multiple applications from different Representatives will be asked to resolve the matter between themselves. If more than one (1) application still remains by the Launch date, the applications will be forwarded to an AUC Review Panel for final decision making.

The Moderator may request additional information to be provided for an application. All additional information must be provided within a week (7 days) of the request being sent by the Moderator. Submission of additional documentation may be done through the RNL Portal or other means as specified by the Moderator.

In the event that the allowed seven (7) days expire and all the requested information has not been submitted, the application will NOT be considered for review by the Moderator, and will be rejected.

All applications that are in the Moderation step will have a status of "Pending Moderation" associated to them. This status indicates that the application is undergoing Moderation. Representatives may use this status to filter their searches for names that are currently in the Moderation phase.



Step 3: Reservation or Rejection

In the event that an application has been moderated and approved for inclusion in the RNL, all associated parties will be notified of the success of the application. The application will now be a Reservation and the name will be listed as a Reserved Name.

In the event that an application has been rejected, the Moderator will notify all associated parties of the outcome of the application as well as the reason(s) for rejection.

In the event that there were multiple applications for the same name and the applications were forwarded for decision making by the AUC Review Panel, the Moderator will act on the instruction given by the Review Panel and inform the associated parties accordingly. The reasons for rejection of all-but-one applications are those of the AUC Review Panel and NOT the Moderator.