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Taste the bush at Mokuti

Taste the bush at Mokuti

Brian Prinz, the Executive Chef at the upmarket establishment, Mokuti Etosha Lodge, is making a big impression with his the culinary ethos. His simple but delectable homegrown dishes have earned him international recognition and turned him into one of the country’s most respected chefs.
Some of his personal favourite dishes include samp and beans; tripe (Matangara); traditional spinach; Top Score pap in many variants, Mahangu pap in the traditional way, and of course, meat on the barbeque ‘on a whole new level’, to quote the famous chef.
This October, Chef Prinz celebrates his third year of his second tenure at Mokuti Etosha Lodge.
“This a big, beautiful and very busy lodge. It is a perfect setting in the bush and the wonderful staff makes it a great place to work at. Being the Chef that I am is greatly also determined by your surroundings. You need to surround yourself with great chefs or likeminded people, who share your passion and help you to achieve your dreams or goals. And you need to love what you do and do what you love to be a successful chef. Working for an establishment so full of inspiration and encouragement to explore your skills and stretch your abilities, is an absolute motivator to keep giving your best” he mused.
He is no stranger to the hospitality industry of Namibia and of South Africa having worked for the past eighteen years in leading hotels and restaurants. Graduating from the Polytechnic Hotel School, he did his internship at the then Kalahari Sands under Chef Gilles Bernard. His hotel management internship was also done at Kalahari Sands (now Avani Windhoek Hotel & Casino) under the leadership of Ulf Grünewaldt of Lüderitz Nest fame.
Chef Prinz was employed at Mokuti Etosha Lodge from 2007 to 2008. He then worked in Dubai and Ajman in the Middle East and later at the prestigious Jin Moa Hotel in China.
General Manager of Mokuti Etosha Lodge, Tom Githire is fascinated by Chef Prinz’s creativity and passion for what he does. “Brian is an ardent chef who inspires creativity, an important aspect to the overall dining experience. His tremendous passion for food and cooking combined with his keen business sense contributes greatly to one of the O&L strategic areas of focus which is ‘creating amazing experiences that have enduring impact’. It is an absolute pleasure to have him as part of our team” said Githire.
Chef Prinz’s love for cooking started at a very young age. “We are five brothers and one sister, so I needed to learn how to cook because my parents travelled a lot while doing work for the church.”

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

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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.