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Welwitschia’s World by Joh Henschel

Bryony van der Merwe, second from left, with Director of the Uranium Institute, Dr Wotan Swiegers (left), author Dr Joh Henschel and Hon. Anton von Wietersheim (MP).

Bryony van der Merwe, second from left, with Director of the Uranium Institute, Dr Wotan Swiegers (left), author Dr Joh Henschel and Hon. Anton von Wietersheim (MP).

Bryony van der Merwe of Wordweaver is on a roll with the number of books she has published this year. December saw the launch of two new titles, marking the Wordweaver stable’s fifth and six publishing events this year.
Early in December, Wordweaver published a book on Welwitschias by Dr Joh Henschel, and a week later they announced the release of Sumbu by Romeo Sinkala.
The launch of the long-awaited book, Welwitschia’s World, took place in Swakopmund at the Uranium Institute on 6 December.
An opening speech was given by Hon. Anton von Wietersheim (MP) who spoke of the passion Joh Henschel has for nature, especially the Welwitschia plant.
Joh Henschel is an ecologist who loves the Namib. He grew up in Kwazulu-Natal, attended the Hermannsburg School, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a masters degree in marine biology and completed his doctorate at the University of Pretoria on the socio-ecology of spotted hyaenas in the Kruger National Park.
His experience with the Namib started in 1977 when he followed spotted hyaenas in the Kuiseb Canyon, and later conducted research on spiders, insects, climate, Welwitschia and a host of other subjects published in 120 scientific articles and many more popular writings. Currently Joh lives in Walvis Bay with his wife Theresa, conducts ecological research and works as environmental practitioner through EnviroMEND.
The book is available at book stores countrywide.

About The Author

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.