14 November 2017, Midrand, South Africa – Lucky Masilela has been elected as a co-recipient of the African ICT Champion Award 2017 by the African ICT Alliance (AfICTA) on the eve of the 5th AfICTA Summit taking place in Abuja, Nigeria this week. The Alliance promotes the use of the Internet to advance Africa’s development in health service delivery, e-government, e-commerce, job creation and other areas important to Africans’ standard of living.
Mr Masilela’s best known role is as CEO of ZACR (ZA Central Registry) NPC where he was able to defend the rights of the delegation of .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) as a new digital identifier for the continent. Delegation earlier this year resulted in the commercial launch of .africa which has to date attracted well over 11 000 successful domain name registrations.
Lucky Masilela is also the long-standing former Chairman of the South African Communications Forum, a Councillor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council, a Board member of AFRINIC, and former Deputy Chairperson of the ICT Policy Review Panel (South Africa).
Under his leadership, ZACR has registered more than 1.1 million .za domains and also introduced the city domains of .joburg, .durban and .capetown. He is an African Internet pioneer in every sense of the word. “.africa, in particular, is not just a domain name. It represents the hopes of an entire continent of some 1.2 billion people because of the brighter future it enables. It is more than a communication tool, it is an economic tool which has a true value for countries and the development of local initiatives,” he says.
According to the AfICTA: “For his work in bringing these opportunities to Africa, Lucky Masilela is nominated for the AfICTA Africa Champions Award.” The Africa ICT Champion is a registered trademark award of AfICTA to recognise business leaders in Africa who have distinguished themselves on Africa’s journey to an Information Society. The award was announced at the recently hosted AfICTA Summit 2017 dinner on Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017.
.africa is the new gTLD for the people and continent of Africa. The mission to create Africa’s very own online identity began as far back as the OR Tambo and Abuja Declarations of the 1990s where it was resolved to use ICT to ensure the development of Africa. By enabling individuals, governments, companies and others to associate their products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa, the .africa domain will similarly enable a new African dawn of growth, peace and prosperity.
The .africa domain enjoys the support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and a comfortable majority of African governments. It furthermore enjoys widespread support from such leading African organisations as AFRINIC, AfTLD, ITU, UNECA and Nepad. Under the 5th AfICTA summit theme “One Africa, One Future: Leveraging ICT for Sustainable Development.”, .africa is well on its way to support a united Africa with the leadership of Lucky Masilela at the helm.
About dotAfrica (.africa)
Africa has a unique opportunity to forge a brand new online identity with the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD). This opportunity for individuals, governments, companies and other organisations to associate their products, services and information with the continent and people of Africa is made
possible by the delegation of .africa to the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN).
The .africa application is endorsed by, and continues to enjoy, the valued support of the African Union Commission (AUC) and a comfortable majority of African governments and furthermore widespread support from such leading African organisations as AfriNIC, AfTLD, ITU, UNECA and Nepad.
The .africa gTLD aims to bring the continent together as an internet community under one umbrella allowing e-commerce, technology and infrastructure to flourish. This is a truly African initiative established by Africans for the World.