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Wildlife Resorts promotes Namibia as a tourist destination – Tourism industry bags award

Wildlife Resorts promotes Namibia as a tourist destination – Tourism industry bags award

Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) joined over 30 local companies including Hon. Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism at the International Tourismus-Borese Berlin, (ITB) this week.

The ITB Berlin is one of the biggest travel exhibitions in the world, which kicked off at the Messe Berlin on Wednesday and will conclude on Sunday.

Zelna Hengari, Managing Director of NWR said the Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) who are responsible for marketing Namibia as a travel destination must be commended for the excellent work, they have done this year.

“They by far exceeded all our expectations and ensured that we could leave our mark and I believe that by the end of the fair we will leave with a considerable amount of business,” she added.

According to Hengari, since Germany contributes to the bulk of European travellers to Namibia, it is a must for Namibia to never miss an opportunity to make further inroads into the market. “For instance, 97056 Germans visited Namibia for holiday purposes in 2017,” she said.

ITB allows NWR to present its latest offering at the world’s largest fair in addition to affording it with a platform to gain insight at the emerging trends within the tourism industry, the fair is from the 6 to 10 March.

Meanwhile at the same event Namibia’s tourism industry struck gold at ITB Berlin tourism trade fair as it was awarded the Best Destination Safari and Wildlife at the Pacific Areas Travel Writers Association (PATWA), on Thursday, at the ITB Berlin in Germany.

The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta in a statement Thursday said the nation is humbled and privileged to have been recognized and honoured with the award.

The Minister in his acceptance speech gave main credit to the women and men in the rural areas who for them living with wildlife means striving for balanced land use and a healthy environment.

“Game does not need to be eradicated from a landscape because it may pose a treat to crops or livestock but can be integrated with other rural livelihood activities,” he added.

Shifeta said the award could not have come a better time than now, when the country is battling to control poaching of rhinos and elephants.

Caption: The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Hon. Pohamba Shifeta with H.E Andreas Guibeb, Namibian Ambassador to Germany, at the ITB Berlin awards were Namibia was honoured with the Best Destination Safari and Wildlife at the Pacific Areas Travel Writers Association accolade.


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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.