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Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority guns for land reclamation

Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority guns for land reclamation

The Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority this week claimed that their rights and land have been continuously infringed upon and ignored since the well documented invasion of farmers into the area.

According to the Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority, since 2009, the Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority and the Nyae Nyae Conservancy Community endeavoured to reclaim the rights to their land and resources.

“In the Kavango region and previously in Nyae Nyae such invasions had been swiftly dealt with. Land and resource rights are taken very seriously in Namibia and flaunting such rights cannot be tolerated otherwise it will lead to an anarchic situation whereby people just grab land and resources illegally,” Ju/’hoansi Traditional Authority Leader, Chief Tsamkxao Coma said.

However, Tsamkxao said, in Nyae Nyae, attempts to engage the invading community and its authorities and ultimately laying the situation at the justice system’s feet has not had the same desired effect.

“There has been a real lackluster reaction from the authorities as well as the justice system and the people in these marginalised communities have been failed completely,” the Chief said.

The Nyae Nyae community are the responsible custodians of the land and resources and have been gazetted as both a Conservancy and Community Forest.

“However, despite this, neither the Ministry of Environment and Tourism nor the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry have come to their defence in supporting the legislation under which Nyae Nyae was gazetted and which gave them the legal right to utilise the resources in the area,” Tsamkxao said.

He further said that this meant that a very unwelcome situation has arisen, where the people who are legally on the land and utilising the resources sustainably have to gather their own evidence against the farmers who are knowingly grazing their cattle illegally without regard for sustainability of the resources, while the authorities and ministries have just looked on. Now, Tsamkxao has engaged legal support to initiate civil cases against six farmers.

“Like our neighbours in Na Jaqna, we have been tolerant and followed due process but it did not have the desired effect. We have been forced to take this civil action to ensure that our land and resources are returned to the community to whom they rightfully belong. We are ready to take our case to the International Courts if necessary,’’ Tsamkxao said.

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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.