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Cheetah conservation gets eastern European support in Somaliland – CCF’s role instrumental

Cheetah conservation gets eastern European support in Somaliland – CCF’s role instrumental

How can a self-governing territory in Africa where wildlife crime is a way of life, be expected to take abandoned and neglected wild animals seriously? To them it is a non-issue.

Intent to help change attitudes, at the same time accomplishing concrete conservation goals, the Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) this week announced it has put together an international partnership between African and eastern European institutions to help the people of Somaliland treat and care for confiscated wildlife.

Somaliland, formerly part of Somalia, is a self-governing territory in the Horn of Africa which declared UDI in 1991. It is a major route for trafficked wildlife from the African interior through the Gulf of Aden to rich Arab households in the Middle East.

The international partnership engineered by the CCF between Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Czech Republic (VSF-cz), USAMV Cluj-Napoca (Romania), the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno (UVPS, Czech Republic), the University of Hargeisa and Heritage Somaliland, officially started on 01 November 2018.

USAMV and UVPS researchers signed a partnership agreement with the two Somaliland universities in September 2018. Researchers will provide additional tuition for the students of the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Human Medicine, The eastern European researchers will also contribute to establish parasitological diagnostic laboratories, and conduct training for teaching and laboratory staff.

“We will initiate a new discipline of wildlife veterinary medicine and species conservation medicine to protect endangered mammals,” said USAMV Vice-Rector for International Relations, Prof. Dr. Andrei Daniel Mihalca. “This will be implemented in collaboration with UVPS and VSF-cz, with which the USAMV has a long history of collaboration.”

This volunteer programme is designed to improve the ability an capacity to treat wild animals, especially those under duress after having been confiscated from smugglers.

“Seeing the need to improve knowledge in these areas, the partners joined forces with CCF based on its decades of experience in caring for rescued cheetahs. The collective knowledge and capabilities of the partner institutions will enable students and volunteers to become immersed in wild animal care,” the foundation stated this week when it announced the Somaliland partnership.

“Somaliland currently lacks wildlife medicine and husbandry specialists as there is a lack of interest in working with wildlife. Currently we only have one caregiver o look after the confiscated animals,” said Dr. Laurie Marker, the CCF’s Executive Director. The caregiver, a 5th year veterinary student, is sponsored by the VSF-cz for specialized training at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Jordan.

Caption: Nujuum Jimi, CCF cheetah keeper and veterinary student, receives training at Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife in Jordan.


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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.