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Gondwana card programme gets exciting upgrades, additions

Gondwana card programme gets exciting upgrades, additions

Following some confusion over the recent festive season with regards to the benefit and discount structure of the Gondwana Card programme, Gondwana Collection Namibia revisited the Gondwana Card and its original intent.

The Gondwana Card was created in 2007 with the expressive purpose of making Namibia an affordable destination for regional travellers, to offer people the opportunity to travel within the country and enjoy the same services and experiences afforded to international tourists.

According to Gondwana, their web store which they launched after several months of development, has a specific log-in feature for card holders.

“This feature allows for the online application for new cards as well as direct bookings with real time availability for all card holders,” they added.

The reason for this they said is to ease the application process as well as to provide cardholders with a convenient and easy portal for bookings, reservations and access to information on a 24 hour basis in the convenience for your home, office or even on any mobile device.

Gondwana said apart from all their lodges, card benefits and discounts will as from 1 February also be valid for all their campsites and their new and exciting self-catering, fully-equipped tented camps referred to as Gondwana ‘Camping2Go’.

“These are already operational at Zambezi Mubala Camp in the Zambezi Region as well as Namib Desert Lodge near Sossusvley, plus a tented camp is currently under construction at Kalahari Anib Lodge,” they added.

Meanwhile Gondwana will also be running opening price specials on these camps till 31 October and the new exclusive Namushasha River Villa and a similar exclusive development at Namib Desert Lodge, which will be opening on 1 May, will also be included for card benefits.

“With its original purpose in mind, the Gondwana Cards have discounts, but due to it already low prices, Klein-Aus Vista camping will be the only exclusion and for more information please visit us at https://www.gondwana-collection.com/about-us/the-gondwana-card/,” they added.

Gondwana Collection Namibia have asked their visitors to note that their system programmers are currently updating all programmes to reflect the new pricing structures for Gondwana Card holders and the rates will display correctly upon login within the next two week.


Caption: The new Camping2Go units at Namib Desert Lodge offer a comfortable and affordable outdoor experience. (Photograph by Sparkle Studios).


 

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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.