The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) has appointed a new CEO with a vision to accelerate transformation within the South African DNS (Domain Name System) industry.
Mokgabudi Lucky Masilela will continue to work closely with outgoing CEO Neil Dundas who becomes the organisation’s chief operating officer (COO) with immediate effect.
Dundas has helped to transition ZACR from UniForum SA with a narrow focus on administering the .co.za domain; to a fully-fledged registry operator responsible for the administration, growth and development of domains that now also include .joburg, .capetown, .durban and .africa.
Masilela was formerly chair of the SA Communications Forum (SACF) and is a current board member of the MICT (Media, Information and Communication Technologies) SETA and a former board member of the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA).
His career history includes a 17-year tenure at Siemens SA.
Masilela said: “It was while chairing the working committee in preparation for ICANN 47 in Durban that I fully understood what tremendous potential the DNS industry had in South Africa and what a gem this country possessed in the ZACR as a centre of excellence. I also realised that the ZACR needed to transform into an agent of change through the offering of DNS training to black registrars, in particular.”
“In this way we will be able to attract the skills we need while accelerating the transformation of the industry which will be good for all stakeholders. By enabling more promising individuals interested in the DNS industry to access our accredited training courses, the ZACR will be able to boost black ownership of Registrars.”