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More than 40 years looking after nature – ample material for a new 400-page book on conservation

More than 40 years looking after nature – ample material for a new 400-page book on conservation

Peter Bridgeford’s book ‘Conservation Pioneers in Namibia – and stories by game rangers’ was very well received this week at its official launch, organised by the Namibian Scientific Society.

Paying tribute to the conservation stalwarts of earlier generations, Bridgeford said his intention is to convey a feel for the extreme conditions under which the pioneers often had to conduct their work. Still, they did not fail in their task and laid the foundation for what later became Namibia’s now-famous conservation framework.

“Already in those days, Namibia was a shining example in conservation and a number of people were world reknowned experts in their field. All these men and women should not be forgotten and people should be able to read about what these officials did for conservation,” he said.

He views it as an important task to collect the pioneers’ stories and preserve this heritage in published format. Only a few of them are still alive while others have moved away.

For Bridgeford, the book launch had a deep personal meaning. He was moved by the presence of some of his old colleagues and the large number of people who showed appreciation for his work.

As a gesture of solidarity, former colleagues Stoffel Rochéer and Polla Swart, attended the launch, as well as the Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon Kalumbi Shangula and the UNESCO Country Director, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum.

The Scientific Society said numerous people contributed to the 400-page book and due to the overwhelming support, Bridgeford wants to publish another book on both the men and women in conservation. The book is a tribute not only to the pioneers, but also to all the women who supported their husbands working in the wild, enduring a life far from the amenities of civilisation.

Services, Kalumbi Shangula, and the newly appointed head of UNESCO, Djaffar Moussa-Elkadhum.

Bridgeford and his wife Marilyn started their work in 1976. The couple served at many stations until his retirement in 1999. They then worked at NamibRand Nature Reserve until 2004 before settling in Walvis Bay.


Caption: Keen readers of Peter Bridgeford’s new book, ‘Conservation Pioneers in Namibia,’ wait patiently to have their own copy autographed by the author. (Photograph by Dirk Heinrich for the Namibia Scientific Society)


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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.