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Major international wildlife ranching conference in September

The 9th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium (IWRS) will be hosted at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from12 to 16 September. This major global conference constitutes enormous possibilities for Namibian game farmers, bringing them into an international network of game ranchers.
The 1st International Wildlife Ranching Congress was held in New Mexico, USA, and has since been held in South Africa, the USA, Canada and France. This is the first year Namibia will host this important wildlife symposium.
This year’s event will run under the theme, “Wildlife – the key to prosperity for rural communities.” The symposium incorporates a plenary session and four elective specialist streams as well as site visits to game ranching establishments in Namibia.
World-renowned wildlife management expert, Prof. Wouter van Hoven, Chairman of the 9th International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, is slated give the welcome address. According to the organisers, various sessions are planned and speakers have been invited from all over the world to share practical knowledge, skills and attitudes with representatives from the private and communal sectors.
The timing of this Symposium precedes the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES COP) 17th meeting, which will be held in South Africa from 24 September to 5 October. Attendance of the 9th IWRS will benefit delegates and national stakeholders to network for the upcoming discussions at CITES CoP 17, such as the global rhino imperative.
Furthermore, there will be an opportunity to attend incredible field trips to private game ranches, a game capture experience or a cultural tour to the city of Windhoek. Day trips for delegates will be organised in and around Windhoek.
Highlights include a visit to a diamond polishing factory, spa visits, shopping at an African craft market and visits to private game ranches with delightful activities like carnivore feeding, and learning ancient skills from the San people.
Meanwhile, the organisers said special post-conference trips can be arranged for delegates who would like to make use of the opportunity to explore Southern Africa and visit breath-taking places around Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

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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.