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Local chicken safe despite bird flu outbreak

Local chicken safe despite bird flu outbreak

Namib Poultry Industries spokeswoman Ashante Manetti said this week that despite an outbreak of the avian influenza virus, which was isolated in chickens in Mpumalanga, South Africa, local Namib Poultry products are safe to consume.

The avian influenza outbreak in South Africa is not known to have any negative effect on people. The particular strain of the virus, H5N8 poses no threat to humans and is not the same deadly strain as was isolated in Asian countries in the past,” Ashante said, adding that so far no cases have been reported by the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry.

The local brand aims to continuously deliver the freshest chicken which is manufactured and produced locally at Namib Poultry’s Okahandja facility.

The H5N8 virus is lethal to chickens and has a 100% mortality rate. For the safeguarding of the industry in Namibia it is urgent that all role players in the industry and the general public work together to prevent the disease from entering Namibia.

Fast reactions, Manetti said can help to isolate outbreaks as quickly as possible. “We can only succeed if a collective effort is made by everyone in all the regions,” Namib Poultry is urging all producers of chicken and other poultry to make sure that strict biosecurity measures on all production units with immediate effect.

The disease is most likely spread via wild birds, Manneti said, “we urge you to prevent any contact with any wild avian species and keep chickens indoors. Open water sources are a serious risk as they attack and are contaminated by wild migratory birds that are the carriers of the disease.”

It is essential however that any sudden rise in mortalities of any avian species should be reported to the relevant authorities. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is encouraging the public and producers to report sightings of abnormal mortalities or dead birds or promptly contact Mr Louis Kleynhans from Namib Poultry Industries at 081 143 2324.

As the single largest producer of chicken products such as Real Good and Nam Chicken customers can rest assure that Namib Poultry chicken is 100% safe for consumption; chemically free, organically.

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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.