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Fish River Canyon clean-up campaign bags 82.5 kg of waste

Fish River Canyon clean-up campaign bags 82.5 kg of waste

Another successful Fish River Canyon clean-up campaign was recorded, following the 2017 operation which took place from 26 to 30 September. Established in 2014, this annual waste collection campaign was initiated and organized by the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET) and supported by the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF).

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and NamParks IV were the main sponsors of the event who sponsored first aid kits, meat, assorted drinks, T-shirts, hats and water bottles. Cable ties, duct tape, heavy duty refuse bags and gloves were sponsored by the RNF and Gondwana respectively while Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) sponsored accommodation facilities.

According to MET representative and warden of the Ai-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park (ARTP), Boly Shetukana, the 37 volunteers who entered the canyon at different days were divided into ‘10km, 20km and 60km’ groups, and were scheduled to return to the start point on 30 September.

Shetukana said, “This allowed us to have more time to clean thoroughly, covering inaccessible areas in the Canyon while at the same time enjoying the hike and scenery of the canyon. The total amount of waste collected was approximately 82.5 kg and consisted of bottles, tins, plastic, shoes, clothes and toilet paper. The load of waste was carried out by hands until the exit point at Ai-Ais where everything was weighed, separated and taken to the recycle plant. This exercise does not only add value to the Fish River Canyon hiking trail but also creates ownership and a sense of responsibility to the hikers and surrounding communities alike.”

According to Shetukana, the Fish River hiking season starts the first day of May and ends the last day of September each year. This activity is very popular and therefore it attracts many people from different parts of the world and at the same time it promotes tourism and adds marketing value to the Fish River Canyon. At the end of the hiking season the canyon is littered with rubbish left behind by the hikers which ultimately led to the birth of the annual Fish River Canyon Clean-up Campaign.

RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt said, “Namibia’s unique landscape, beautiful and priceless natural resources are part of our country’s treasure. RNF is very passionate about the Namibian heritage that has proven to be a strong attractor of tourists to the country. If we don’t take care of it, who will? Thus we are committed to continuously support, and drive such initiatives with passion, to ensure that future generations also get to appreciate and enjoy our beautiful country in all its glory.”

The support towards the Fish Rive Canyon Clean-up Campaign, according to MET’s Deputy Director: Southern Regions, Harry Tjihukununa has been growing from strength to strength. Tjihukununa: “Both the public and business sector have shown great interest and always willing to be a part of this great event. Our aim is to clean and restore the Fish River Canyon to its natural splendor, thus most of the necessary items needed to achieve this task are sponsored. We are confident that the relationship we share with our valued sponsors and stakeholders will grow from strength to strength, and we invite the rest of corporate Namibia to come on board in order to ensure and secure the future sustainability of Namibia and her natural heritage.”


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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.