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Restoration of first production Landie heralds global 70th anniversary celebrations

Restoration of first production Landie heralds global 70th anniversary celebrations

After the Second World War, the British Government had to face the uncomfortable truth – their infantry and field vehicles were no match for the light infantry motorised divisions of the Third Reich. This set in motion a set of events which ultimately led to the design and manufacture of the Land Rover. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that momentous occasion when the first Land Rover was unveiled in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

Not all old Land Rovers survive, after all, they are made for hard work and tough conditions so many perished over the years. But, amazingly, that very first launch Land Rover was traced by Solihull to its final resting place in an English country garden.

It is now in the process of being restored and will form the focal point of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Describing it as the world’s most historically significant unrestored Land Rover, it is its manufacturer’s intention to bring it back to as original as possible condition, setting the stage for telling car enthusiasts why Land Rover has become such a universally recognised iconic brand.

Earlier this week, Land Rover announced it will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations throughout 2018 starting with the restoration of the launch Landie.

“For years the whereabouts of this launch Land Rover was a mystery. The demonstration vehicle from the Amsterdam show was last on the road in the 1960s, after which it spent 20 years in a Welsh field before being bought as a restoration project. It then languished unfinished in a garden. Following its surprise discovery just a few miles outside of Solihull, UK – where the car was first built – the experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic spent months researching in-company archives to unravel its ownership history and confirm its provenance,” Land Rover stated.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “This Land Rover is an irreplaceable piece of world automotive history and is as historically important as ‘Huey’, the first pre-production Land Rover. Beginning its sympathetic restoration here at Classic Works, where we can ensure it’s put back together precisely as it’s meant to be, is a fitting way to start Land Rover’s 70th anniversary year.”

The Jaguar Land Rover Classic team will follow a dedicated process to restore the launch vehicle, which has a lot of special features that are unique to the 48 pre-production Land Rovers that were produced prior to the mass production vehicles, such as thicker aluminium alloy body panels, a galvanised chassis and a removable rear tub. The patina of its components will be preserved, including the original Light Green paint applied in 1948.

Timeline of the 1948 launch Landie:

1948 Built with LHD and listed as Experimental on the logbook and record of sale;
1948 Upgraded with new production parts by Engine Department, converted to current RHD;
1955 First registered on 25 June 1955 with registration SNX 910;
1961 Sold to a new owner in Handsworth;
1965 Moved to Sutton Coldfield;
1967 Moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon;
1968 Moved to Alvechurch, Worcestershire;
1968 Used in Wales as a stationary generator;
1988 Engine seized, sold to a new owner in Birmingham;
2016 Discovered in a garden, waiting to be restored. This project never came off the ground.

Watch the launch Land Rover arrive at Classic Works here:



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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.