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Desert Lion Energy initiates exploration and development programme

Desert Lion Energy initiates exploration and development programme

Local lithium developer and concentrate producer, Desert Lion Energy Inc, announced that its 2019 exploration and development programme which will focus on increasing and optimizing existing Mineral Resources Estimates (MRE) and advancement of Walvis Bay-based plant has been initiated.

In a statement this week, the company noted that following the completion of the financing announced on 4 December 2018, it is progressing with the next phase of exploration and development work to advance the Desert Lion Energy Lithium project.

“The next phase of exploration and evaluation work will focus on increasing the existing MRE as well as the confidence therein, as well continuing with grassroots exploration over the Company’s EPL’s,” the statement read.

Among the activities the company has planned at Rubicon for the first half of 2019 is the completion of an underground survey and drilling in order to incorporate Foot Wall lepidolite mineralization excluded from the current MRE; completion of surface infill drilling in order to improve confidence in the MRE to Indicated and Measured Categories; and the sampling and relogging of Hanging Wall pegmatite to improve confidence in the geological model and to potentially increase Mineral Resources.

While at Helikon 1-5, the company will work on additional mineralogical work to support the geological model, MRE and Mine Plan; and the completion of surface infill drilling in order to improve confidence in the MRE to Indicated and Measured Categories.

Following completion of the infill drilling programmes, the company will be updating the Mineral Resource Estimate, with results anticipated in the third quarter of 2019.


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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.