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What to do with 130,000 elephants? – environment chamber supports Botswana’s course on elephant populations

What to do with 130,000 elephants? – environment chamber supports Botswana’s course on elephant populations

Statement by the Namibian Chamber of Environment, representing 42 conservation groups.

A Sub Committee appointed by President Masisi of Botswana recently made its recommendations in a White Paper regarding the hunting ban and human-elephant conflict.

We, as Namibian Conservationists, including environmental NGOs, researchers, community representatives and conservancies, hereby join a group of international conservationists in voicing our support for Botswana’s consultative process to address the challenges associated with managing its large elephant population. We applaud President Masisi and Botswana’s parliament for establishing the consultative process that looks to balance wildlife conservation with the needs and aspirations of the citizens of Botswana.

Namibia has felt the burden of international pressure against our policies that encourage the devolution of rights over, and sustainable use of, natural resources. We therefore take this opportunity to stand in solidarity with Botswana. We would like to draw your attention to an article in Africa Geographic that sets forth the following important issues that have not been highlighted in other media reports covering this story.

1) President Masisi’s establishment of the subcommittee to conduct a thorough Social Dialogue is a welcome move towards a more democratic style of governance.

2) Masisi’s administration once more opened the research permit application system, which signals his understanding of the role of objective conservation research in finding new solutions to human-elephant conflict.

3) The process embarked upon by Masisi’s administration is a welcome return to Botswana’s historic emphasis on consultation with people at the grassroots level. This also presents an opportunity to strengthen Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in the country.

As Namibian organisations with extensive experience with the CBNRM programme in our country, we are especially interested in extending our support regarding point 3 above. This new dawn for Botswana will present many challenges and opportunities as the government once more involves local communities in wildlife management and conservation. We are therefore ready and willing to assist the government of Botswana in these important endeavours by drawing on the lessons we have learned in Namibia.

Yours in Conservation,

Namibian Chamber of Environment, supported by 42 member and partner organisations.

(Image by Conservation Action Trust)


List of supporting organisations:

  1. African Conservation Services cc
  2. African Foundation
  3. Ashby Associates cc
  4. A Speiser Environmental Consultants cc
  5. Brown Hyena Research Project Trust
  6. Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)
  7. Desert Lion Conservation Trust
  8. Development Workshop Namibia
  9. Eco Awards Namibia
  10. EduVentures
  11. Environmental Compliance Consulting
  12. EnviroScience
  13. Giraffe Conservation Foundation
  14. Gobabeb Research and Training Centre
  15. Greenspace
  16. Integrates Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
  17. JARO Consultancy
  18. Kwando Carnivore Programme
  19. N/a’an ku sê Foundation
  20. Namibian Associations of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO)
  21. Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust
  22. Namibia Biomass Industry Group (Incorporated Association not for gain)
  23. Namibia Bird Club
  24. Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF)
  25. Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA)
  26. Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS)
  27. Namibian Hydrogeological Association
  28. NamibRand Nature Reserve
  29. Otjikoto Trust
  30. Research and Information Services of Namibia (RAISON)
  31. Rare & Endangered Species Trust (REST)
  32. Rooikat Trust
  33. Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA)
  34. Save The Rhino Trust (SRT)
  35. Scientific Society Swakopmund
  36. Seabirds and Marine Ecosystems Programme
  37. Seeis Conservancy
  38. Sustainable Solutions Trust (SST)
  39. Tourism Supporting Conservation (Tosco) Trust
  40. Venture Media
  41. Zambia Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Forum
  42. Zambia National Community Resource Boards (CRBs) Association

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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.