If you have a website, it is important to ensure that your domain name has been renewed. Unfortunately, it seems that even Google can forget to do this.

Google's South African website, Google.co.za, was unavailable for a few hours. The domain name seems to haven't been renewed (h/t Marce Bester and Marcel Oudejans via Twitter).

The whois lookup revealed that the domain name had expired on June 25, 2022, and was deleted on July 1. Take a look at the screenshot below.

Google's local PR reps issued a statement to Android Authority regarding the matter: Google is aware that the google.co.za domain is having issues and is working to fix them. 

However, the google.com domain is still fully functional, and we encourage South African users to use this URL instead.

Google.co.za appears to be back online when this article was written. 

The whois information has also been updated to reflect domain name renewals. Things are now back to normal at the company's regional branch.

It wouldn't be the first instance of Google letting a domain name expire. Google.com was let go by the company in 2015. A former employee purchased it briefly before returning the domain.