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Desert horses on their way out as hyenas kill all new offspring

Desert horses on their way out as hyenas kill all new offspring

Unsustainable predation by spotted hyenas may lead to the eventual extinction of the famous wild horses of the Garub area in the southern Namib. Ranked as one of Namibia’s top ten tourist attractions, a special foundation, registered solely to work for the conservation of the desert horses, said this week if predation continues, the horses will be functionally extinct by the end of this year.

The area in which the horses have been living for the past 100 years is part of the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Since 2013, not a single foal has survived, killed either by the drought or hyeanas. Donations of more than N$1.5 million from various supporters both local and overseas, have helped the Namibia Wild Horses Foundation to buy supplementary fodder to keep the adult horses alive during the last two years.

“There have been no deaths directly caused by malnutrition in the last two years. The supplementary feed has kept them going although it is still marginal” said the foundation adding that 22 years of research has shown that the number of wild horses has varied due to changes in rainfall, often with many dying during droughts.

“Due to the drought, most of the other migratory game has moved north and east looking for greener pastures which leaves mainly only horses to prey on in the Garub area. Therefore, the rate of predation has increased significantly during the past two months. The number of mares is down to 42 and we estimate that at this rate the population will be “functionally extinct” (some may still be around but it’s inevitable that they will go extinct) by August” stated the foundation.

A lasting solution to save the horses proved to be practically difficult. In consultation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and with input from hyeana research groups, it was decided to relocate the horses while at the same time, as a short-term solution, providing the hyenas with alternative prey sourced from farms outside the park.

“The ministry’s primary objective of maintaining natural populations in a national park rules out the possibility of relocating the hyaenas. Not only would this be difficult to justify but would be a fundamentally short-term option as the vacuum would most probably be filled by other hyaenas.” said the foundation.

Moving the horses and feeding the hyenas will give the foundation time to find suitable land that could be turned into a sanctuary in which the horses would live with the integrity of a wild population. “The ideal location would be somewhere near the Garub area where the horses have lived for over 100 years and where they will still be accessible to the public” the foundation advised.

The horses of the desert are part of Namibia’s history and heritage and are genetically different from other breeds.

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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.