Select Page

Fight crime, not trees

Fight crime, not trees
Total removal of vegetation behind Elim School Khomasdal. Erosion will take place with heavy rain.

Total removal of vegetation behind Elim School Khomasdal. Erosion will take place with heavy rain.

Total removal of vegetation behind Elim School Khomasdal. Erosion will take place with heavy rain.

Total removal of vegetation behind Elim School Khomasdal. Erosion will take place with heavy rain.

The murder of people in riverbeds, especially women and children, is deplorable, said the Botanical Society of Namibia in an open letter to various ministers and to the City of Windhoek.
The Botanical Society argues that overgrown riverbeds where bushes of all sorts run amok without proper control and maintenance, provides an ideal hiding ground for criminals. The innocent members of society then has to bear the brunt of the crimes.
The letter was sent last week addressed to the Minister of Safety and Security, the Minister of Environment and Tourism, the Directorate of Forestry, the Environmental Management Department of the City of Windhoek, the Mayor of Windhoek, and to both councillors and ratepayers of all other local authorities. “Forestry Ordinance Act No 37 of 1952, the Forestry Act No 72 of 1968 and Nature Conservation Ordinance No.4 of 1975 prohibit the destruction of vegetation along river courses. The reason for this is to prevent erosion and flooding, along with other environmental issues of importance. Due to climate change we have to expect unusual periods of drought but also unusually heavy downpours occasionally. Denuded of vegetation along their banks, our rivers would be transformed into deep gullies by such downpours and flood lower lying areas causing loss of property, injury and death to people living there. Vegetation in and along rivers prevents water from rushing along rapidly. Instead it is slowed down and has time to sink into the soil and to replenish our underground water resources, which are crucially important,” said Luise Hoffmann of the Botanical Society.
She added,“The looming water shortage will be with us for many years and we do not know if there will be enough water to plant trees in future but we need trees to provide shade for people to sit in, some trees provide food, their roots stabilize the soil and prevent too much dust from being blown around, trees provide oxygen for us to breathe. Trees take at least 10 to 20 years to grow to a reasonable size. Therefore we need to spare and protect as many trees as possible.”
Through this the Botanical Society has suggested the removal of low scrub and bushes behind which criminals might hide, but spare all grass and bigger trees and clear only the lower branches of these bigger trees to improve visibility.
“Law enforcement regarding alcohol abuse, carrying of weapons should be much stricter. Once caught, criminals should be treated in such a way as to prevent them from repeating their criminal deeds. Is it fair to protect only the rights of the criminal [by granting bail] without looking to the rights of the victims or their families, their right to life and safety?” she added. “Improve education, train teachers and parents to raise children with a positive self image and a sound sense of responsibility. A man with sound self confidence will not easily overreact and kill a girlfriend out of jealousy, as so often happens. Men treat girls and women with respect! They are the mothers of your children – beaten and abused women will not easily raise healthy and well balanced children!” Hoffmann stressed.
Furthermore she noted that trees are not the problem – people are. “We need a safe environment, yes, but will ripping all vegetation off every open area really solve the problem? Concentrate on changing the attitude of people instead of denuding the environment,” she added.
“We therefore appeal to the Minster of Safety and Security to address the real problem of crime – criminals – instead of destroying the vegetation in which the act is committed. And we appeal to the Honourable Minister of Environment and Tourism to prevent undue damage to the environment,” she concluded.

About The Author


Today the Typesetter is a position at a newspaper that is mostly outdated since lead typesetting disappeared about fifty years ago. It is however a convenient term to indicate a person that is responsible for the technical refinement of publishing including web publishing. The Typesetter does not contribute to editorial content but makes sure that all elements are where they belong. - Ed.

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.