In 2012 it was estimated that there was over 640 million active websites at any given time, and with more people coming online and creating content, that number could well be closer to a billion by now.

But how many of those websites are South African?

Well, SA actually hit a bit of a milestone in terms of local websites yesterday by registering the one millionth .co.za domain name.

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) said that the website to have the honour of being the lucky number was www.vulindlela-hpt.co.za, which comes 20 years after there were just 450 registered .co.za domains by the end of 1995.

Compared to the 640 million from three years ago, it might seem like an insignificant number, but SA is actually only one of six countries that have done that.

“ZACR has now joined a small group of registry operators worldwide who administer a six figure domain space. Even by international standards, the one million mark is a fantastic and sought-after milestone. The ZACR now joins the likes of .UK (United Kingdom), .AU (Australia) and .BR (Brazil), to name but a few, which boast name spaces over the million mark,” ZACR said in a statement.

ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela said that it is a great time for South Africa’s websites.

“This is a landmark day for the local web. It clearly demonstrates that the South African ICT sector in general, and the domain name sector in particular, are on a firm upwards trajectory.”

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Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.