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Bushmen accuse EU and German Development Bank of funding the sale of their land

Bushmen accuse EU and German Development Bank of funding the sale of their land

Public Statement by Chairperson of the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy, Sarah Zungu

As the Chairperson of the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy I have been shocked to be presented with a map of proposed exclusive livestock farms for approval and signing-off after many years of vocal and documented objections to the proposal.

The consultant, George Eiseb of Namibia Premier Solutions, funded by the European Union and KFW, presented the map for sign off in April. The Conservancy refuses to sign off on a map which they strongly oppose and to which objections have been made in writing and at several previous meetings with the Ministry of Land Reform. The NJC have made proposals of what infrastructure support we would like, but our voice is repeatedly ignored.

The position of the resident San community has been made clear, but the consultants (and those behind them) are repeatedly ignoring our clear and direct opposition to the plans.

We want to go on public record and say –– WE SAY NO TO THIS PLAN AND WILL NOT CHANGE OUR MINDS – IF YOU GO FUTHER WE WILL TAKE THIS TO THE GERMAN AND EUROPEAN PRESS TO LET THEM KNOW THAT EU AND GERMAN FUNDED PROJECTS ARE CONTRAVENING THE EXPRESSED WISHES OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA.

The local community want the EU and German funds to be channelled into projects that will directly support the local San community. This should include helping to address the systematic and unaddressed illegal fencing and settlement that is taking place in the conservancy. San farmers should be supported with solar water infrastructure and storage facilities at their villages, water sources for wildlife development, tractors and resources so that the San farmers can increase the scale of their activities and support the conservancy in upholding the rights of its community that are being systematically challenged almost daily by the government and now donors too.

Na Jaqna is struggling with extensive and illegal settlement and fencing throughout the area which the authorities have repeatedly failed to address. The Land Board has still not taken effective action to remove fences and people that the High Court ordered should be evicted in 2016.

There appears to be a systematic disregard for the rights of the San in this area even when the courts of this land have ruled that we are right and the authorities must take action – THEY ARE FAILING US – but we will not rest and we will continue to pursue our rights even if this means taking the Land Board and Traditional Authority to court for contempt – we are ready to do it.

Sarah Zungu (Ms)
N≠a Jaqna Conservancy Chairperson


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.

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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).

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