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Graceful lodge opens in the Namib Desert

Graceful lodge opens in the Namib Desert

The Gondwana Collection Namibia will open its new lodge, The Desert Grace in the endless expanse of the Namib on 1 November.

The Desert Grace was built using a unique environmentally friendly construction design and

is situated 60 km north of Sesriem on the C 19.

The main building material consists of sandbags that were filled on site. The natural building material has excellent sound and thermal insulation qualities.

This new lodge is equipped with its own water recycling plant; and the energy supply is largely covered by solar energy. Even the walkways feature recycled glass, glinting in the sunlight to offer guests the opportunity to walk on the stars.

Gondwana in a statement encouraged tourists to join a guided half-day excursion to highest dunes on Earth at Sossusvlei.

“Enjoy an e-bike tour and the adventurous Scorpion Night Walk, or simply explore our well-marked walking trails in the vicinity of The Desert Grace. Outdoors, ancient golden desert; indoors, pure love,” they added.

According to Gondwana, graceful spaces and gracious hospitality imbue this modern lodge with its elegance of yesteryear, spirited character and refreshingly stylish interior.

“Sip on a pink gin while appreciating the vast desert scenery from one of the twenty spacious double rooms and four family units, each with its own plunge pool,” they added.

Gondwana said tourists will be able to discover the fossilised dunes and the many other wonders of the Namib Desert on a Dune Drive around the Gondwana Namib Park, which borders the World Natural Heritage site, the Namib Sand Sea.


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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.

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.