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Jumbos counted to manage conflict

Namibia’s Environment ministry is conducting an elephant census in the north west of the country covering the Kamanjab area, the Kunene and elephant range areas in Erongo and Omusati regions to further understand elephant distribution and density.
Chief public relations officer, Romeo Muyunda last week said, the census which is underway started a fortnight ago and is expected to end in the second week of October.
Muyunda confirmed that the results from the elephant census are set to guide the the ministry’s approach to human elephant conflict management.
The move by the ministry comes in the light of claims that the ministry is not attending to cases of human wildlife conflict which is a problem which occurs throughout Namibia on communal as well as freehold land. Environment minister, Hon Pohamba Shifeta last week refuted the claims that his ministry has not been attending to the cases of wildlife conflict.
“We continue to invest resources and time to mitigate the impacts of human wildlife conflicts,” he stated.
According to Shifeta, environment officials across the country in particular the Kunene region where the majority of these concerns emanate from, are working closely with farmers and communities to bring the situation under control. He said four elephants have been collared to monitor their movements. “The collar data will be shared with the Kamanjab Farmer’s Association on a daily basis which they use to inform their members on the movements of elephants in the area to mitigate further losses,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shifeta also noted that a relatively high frequency of conflicts involving lion predation on livestock occurs in specific parts of the Kunene region, particularly were people have moved into wildlife areas.
Due to the ongoing conflict, the ministry recognized the need for a new approach to address human wildlife conflict. It has initiated the process of reviewing the National Policy on Human Wildlife Conflict Management.

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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.