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Namib’s wild horses run low on fodder

Namib’s wild horses run low on fodder

The southern Namib is home to a community of feral horses much like the wild Mustangs in the American west.
The so-called Namib wild horses keep in small herds in the vicinity of the Garub waterhole just a small distance inside the boundary of the Namib Naukluft National Park and the Aus district. Most of the time, some horses can be observed from the Aus Lüderitz road. These horses have been in that area for about a century. There is no scientific indication that they have evolved to become desert-adapted in a biological sense but they have certainly modified their behaviour to survive the harsh conditions. Yet, the wild horse population is threatened by amongst others, inbreeding, food scarcity and drought. Were it not for the waterhole, they would probably not survive.
This week the FNB Namibia Holdings Foundation Trust announced it has donated N$100,000 to help feed the wild horses via the Namibia Wild Horse Foundation. Ingrid Goeieman, Manager of Donations and Sponsorships at FNB Namibia explained: “Due to the extended drought experienced in the south, these horses require feeding, water and lick – and the Namibian society has been very supportive in this plight. The wild horses of the Namib are one of the top 10 sights to be seen for foreign tourists and FNB Namibia deemed this such a worthy investment – not only to ensure the longevity of these horses, but to also support tourism and the environment.” Telanie Greyling who works with the wild horses, said that the FNB donation contributed to the purchase and transport of “Garub Wild Horse Lick” from Windhoek to the horses near Aus. She explained: “A bag of lick feeds one horse for 40 days and costs $330 including the transport. There are 167 horses at present and since 20 October 2015, 360 bags of lick have been given to the horses to sustain them through the drought.” She added that until now the horses’ area only had 3-8 mm of rain in mid-January and 1-3 mm of rain during the past few days. “Some green grass was available for about 10 days during which the horses reduced their consumption of the lick but with the grass starting to wither again, the horses have come back for more lick. Unfortunately, “running after green grass” did not improve the condition of the horses but had the opposite effect and it is important to continue the lick until they stop eating it which will show that they do not need it any more.”

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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.