The REAL South African Corona Stats with updated government link.

By admin• March 27, 2020
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This Blog and website has been updated with a link to the relevant Government Gazette below.

As of Thursday, every website with a domain name that ends in .za – including every company website that uses the .co.za suffix, every organisation in .org.za, and every academic institution in .ac.za – must link to the South African government's Covid-19 portal at sacoronavirus.co.za.

That link must be "visible", and must be on the front page of the website, according to regulations gazetted by communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

The site, formally known as the Covid-19 South African Online Portal, contains information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, plus statistics on its spread in SA and related government press releases.

According to the ZA Domain Name Authority, the body that oversees the assignment of names within the .za space, there are currently 1.3 million registered names that end in .za, though not all of those have active associated websites.

The regulations do not say what will happen to websites that do not comply, and do not specify a deadline by when websites must be updated, though the rules are immediately in force.

The requirement for a link to the website is part of interventions that also say that broadcasters must spread "public information related to the national effort to combat the spread of Covid-19 in all local languages including sign language".

Source Business Insider South Africa https://www.businessinsider.co.za/no-number-portability-and-forced-links-to-the-sa-govt-coronavirus-website-2020-3

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