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Peddle powered Eagle Ride soars as event attracts 360 participants

Peddle powered Eagle Ride soars as event attracts 360 participants

The Otjiwa MTB Eagle Ride which took place on 12 May attracted roughly 360 riders in both the 80km and 40km distances on the 100% Jeep Track route.

The event is one of the favorites on the Gravel and Dirt calendar and this year once again played host to both a 10km and 21km trail run.

Dirkus Coetzee with a time of 2:20:58, dominated from the get go to cross the finish line a full 2 minutes ahead of his nearest rivals Nicolass Swarts, with a time of 2:22:47 in second place and Xavier Papo, with a time of 2:53:13 in third place.

In the 80km Elite Woman Irene Steyn, with a time of 2:42:33 crossed the finish line 11 minutes ahead of Michell Doman, with a time of 2:53:13, in second place and Janine De Klerk, with a time of 3:00:46 in third place

The winners in the other 80km categories are as follows:

80km Sub Vet Men:

1. Ingram Cuff (2:22:48)

2. Cobus Smit (2:26:17)

3. Christiaan Bean (2:35:59)

80km Sub Vet Woman:

1. Jeanne Heunis (2:49:02)

2. Silke Bean (2:55:23)

3. Rosi Hennes (2:55:24)

80km Vet Men:

1. Fanie Steenkamp (2:22:49)

2. Clinton Hilfiker (2:22:50)

3. Nick Du Plessis (2:33:04)

80km Vet Woman:

1. Anneke Steenkamp (2:53:14)

2. Wilmien Chamberlain (3:03:51)

3. Michaela Ham (3:03:52)

80km Master Men:

1. Gerhard (snr) Mans (2:41:43)

2. Sakkie Schreuder (2:41:43)

3. Otto Zapke (2:42:35)

80km Master Women:

1. Barbara Ackermann (3:00:03)

2. Karin Brockmann (3:21:49)

3. Berrit Graf (3:25:31)

80km Rhino Men:

1. Volker Engling (2:42:34)

2. Eneill Buitendag (2:56:34)

3. Andre Van Staden (2:56:42)

80km Grand Master Men:

1. Hercules Viljoen (2:55:59)

2. Jens Adam (3:06:25)

3. Daniel F Small (3:44:50)

Meanwhile, the next race on the calendar is the Africa Safari Lodge MTB in Mariental on the 23 June, which is know for its grueling rocky routes that will test the skill of even the best riders.

Sponsors of the race include Otjiwa Lodge, Hollard, Kia Motors, Windhoek Light, Food Lovers Market and Cymot.


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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.