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De Rust farm community, wildlife handed lifeline by Landy owners and partners

De Rust farm community, wildlife handed lifeline by Landy owners and partners

The Land Rover Owners Namibia and project partners handed over water installation and borehole to the value of N$230,000.

The Landy Association Chairperson Gundula Perry with project partner representatives Ralf Schomarz (Afritin) and Johan van der Westhuizen, Izak Smit (DeLHRA), Johannes Haasbroek (EHRA), Kurt Haensel (Dis Engineering), Basil Calitz (Brandberg Rest Camp) and Georg Rüdiger , handed over the new water installation and borehole to the de Rust farm community over the weekend.

This project was directly as a result of a smart partnership between all stake holders who hold nature close to heart and have a passion for the environment and ongoing sustainability of water supply to this very dry area.

The idea of assistance from Landy Association stems from having held two successful Land Rover Festivals in Uis in the past few years and thus wanting to give back to community and wildlife in this area.

With the new installation, the association achieved this by ensuring water provision to the de Rust farm community, who not only had experienced the loss of their borehole and thus access to precious water when it collapsed some time back, but also suffered the loss of their farm animals in 2018 – namely 27 goats and sheep and two donkeys – in human wildlife conflicts.

Project partner Izak Smit from Desert Lion Human Relations Aid informed the attending guests who also included representatives from Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Siegfried Gawiseb and his colleague and from the Ministry of Rural Water and Agriculture, Karel Witbooi as well as Councilor Jaqueline Awases and Headman Ismael //Gaseb of the assistance given to the de Rust farmers at the time; replacing the animals taken out by so called ‘Desert Lions’ and assisting in securing their kraals.

The renewed access to water should now also prevent the farm animals from venturing into the swamps in the Ugab river-bed in search of water and then being ambushed by the waiting ‘Desert Lions’.

Johannes Haasbroek from Elephant Human Relation Aid briefed the guests on his organisation’s vision of a peaceful co-existence with the Elephants in the region. A grateful Mama Rosa of de Rust and Chief //Gaseb gave some closing words at the ceremony.

Caption: (from left to right); Officially handing over the installation: Ralf Schomarz (Afritin), Georg Rüdiger, Mama Rosa (de Rust community), Kurt Haensel (Dis Engineering), Gundula Perry (LRON) with Basil Calitz (Brandberg Rest Camp) behind and Izak Smit (DeLHRA) and Johannes Haasbroek (EHRA) to the right.


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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.