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Coastodian is watching you

Toe the line and watch your step in the Dorob National Park this festive season. Ignore this warning and you may find yourself coughing up N$500 or even more.
The deployment of coastal watches, in areas most prone to environmental violations such as restricted areas near Langstrand, will hopefully ensure greater compliance with regulations.
The launch of a combined law enforcement campaign is the latest initiative in the close partnership between the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project (NACOMA), the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and the Namibian Police. The focus will be on enforcing the regulations of the Dorob National Park, fishing and marine regulations, off- road driving, littering as well as other law enforcement activities in safeguarding the coastal environment.
In his address at the launch of the Law Enforcement Awareness Campaign at Rossmund Golf Club last week, Peter Katso Shivute, chief control of fisheries, outlined the human resources and legislative components of the initiative.
The said ministries “…will deploy their staff to designated areas to ensure that visitors comply with regulations implemented to safeguard our marine resources and the environment as per the Marine Resources Act and regulations and the Nature Conservation Ordinance,” he said.
In his address, Rod Braby, NACOMA’s project coordinator, made an urgent plea to visitors and asked them to familiarise themselves with and obey the regulations.
Braby emphasized that all the regulations, laws and rules are contained in a pamphlet which will be distributed widely, including at police check points.
“For further clarification they can also consult with the coastal offices of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.”
The pamphlet clearly spells out regulations with regard to people entering the park on foot: domestic animals in the park; entering the park by vehicle and the permitted and prohibited areas for sedans, 4x4s, bakkies and beach buggies, the permitted areas for quad bikes and other motorised bikes as well as some general rules, i.e. driving; under the influence of alcohol. Clearly marked maps of the areas are also available at MET and MFMR offices. For off-road driving in the demarcated ORV area in the dune belt from Langstrand to Dune 7, free permits should be obtained from the MET offices.
Braby said: “We wish everybody the relaxation they need after a year of hard work. These regulations are not meant to spoil anybody’s fun but only to protect and preserve our coastal environment for generations to come”
The Law Enforcement Campaign can be identified by the name: Coast Watch on bright red T shirts and caps worn by MET wardens and MFMR inspectors, Gazebos and banners at coastal road blocks.

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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.