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Professional hunters to host auction and dinner for anti-poacher action

Professional hunters to host auction and dinner for anti-poacher action

The Namibia Professional Hunting Association announced this week it will host another fundraising dinner and auction for the Hunters United Against Poaching Trust.

The dinner is scheduled for 31 August 2017 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort. The auction, launched a week prior at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, offers various hunts, works of art, exquisite jewellery specifically designed for the dinner evening, selected wines, nature excursions and similar recreational activities. The auction and fundraising dinner are supported by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. The minister, Hon Pohamba Shifeta will launch the auction followed by a live performance by Namibian legend Elemotho.

The proceeds from the combined events are earmarked for further anti-poaching actions and for a comprehensive field study of the Namibian leopard population.

The auction will be hosted online at by Auction Experts from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The project is supported by Mr Gé Pellini, a world class sculptor from France, who will create a life-size rhino from exquisite Namibian marble donated by Mark Hoffmann. Additional sponsors include the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, the Save the Rhino Trust, First National Bank of Namibia, Namibian singers Lize Ehlers and Shannon Grellmann, various outfitters from Namibia, Sweden and Spain, Gobabis Toyota, Air Namibia, various guesthouses and restaurants, car rental and marketing companies, schools and cultural centres and a large number of private individuals.

Announcing the new fundraising drive, the Professional Hunting Association said this week “Since the inception of the NAPHA Hunters United Against Poaching (HUAP) programme, remarkable success has been achieved in combatting poaching incidents in hunting concessions throughout Namibia.”

“Our focus has been on prevention rather than conviction – we have used the expertise and funds at our disposal to finance monitoring on the ground as well as from the air. We have earned the trust and co-operation – the eyes, ears and boots on the ground of local communities in remote rural hunting and conservation areas. Through both visibility and the establishment of information sharing channels, we have been instrumental in preventing incidents of poaching” elaborated the association.

The hunting association added that it will raise funds for the Rebeus Fund, which is part of the Anti-Poaching Initiative. The Rebeus Fund provided financial assistance to Professional Hunters, Hunting Assistants, Trackers, Drivers and Skinners who are injured during the course of their duties. Contributions will be made to healthcare and disability coverage.

The first such auction and dinner hosted by the association in September 2015 raised an extraordinary N$2.7 million for conservation and anti-poaching activities.

Pictured: Trustees of the Hunters United Against Poaching Trust.
Top, from the left, Koos Pienaar, Colgar Sikopo, Abraham Malherbe and Danene van der Westhuyzen.
Bottom row, Greenwell Matongo, Felix Marnewecke and Falko Schwarz.



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


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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.