GoDaddy, one of the world’s biggest website hosting provider has officially launched in South Africa. It offers “.co.za” domain registrations for just R10 for the first year. A 24/7 customer care with local telephone numbers and online chat options are also available. GoDaddy, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, provides website hosting and design, domain registrations, and other services.
GoDaddy has been available to South African users for years, but it’s the first time the company has established a direct presence in the country with solutions specifically tailored for local Web users. Sefano Maruzzi, Vice President in Europe, Middle East and Africa at GoDaddy, said the South African launch will allow the company engage more closely with small business owners and entrepreneurs in South Africa.
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It will offer more tools and support to help them build an online presence to grow their businesses. Maruzzi said South Africa is an important market for GoDaddy. Its customer base in the country grew by 25% year on year in 2018 and revenue also rose by 13%.
“GoDaddy plans to deliver locally relevant online tools and solutions and be a partner for South African customers’ entrepreneurial journey, including naming their idea and building a professional website, attracting and engaging with customers online, and managing their work and driving results,” the company said in a statement.
The company employs about 9,000 people, about 18 million customers and reported turnover of US$2.6-billion in the 2018 financial year. It has a market value of about $13-billion and more than 77 million domains under management.
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