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Before coming to Namibia, visit click-shop-pay@CYMOT and help fund the rangers protecting the world’s only truly wild rhinos

Before coming to Namibia, visit click-shop-pay@CYMOT and help fund the rangers protecting the world’s only truly wild rhinos

A Namibian foundation is tapping into the unlimited potential of e-commerce in partnership with a well-known retailer, to cover the cost of some of the items it regularly supplies to the large pool of community rangers who protect the indigenous black rhino population in Kunene and Erongo.

The Conservation Travel Foundation, the corporate social responsibility branch of Ultimate Safaris, has been active since 2006 to raise funding in cash or kind for the community rangers employed by the Save the Rhino Trust. Now the foundation has partnered with outdoors retailer, CYMOT, hoping to entice prospective travellers to Namibia, to make an online purchase to the benefit of the trust. The foundation lists a number of items, mostly field gear, that need to be replaced regularly, and which are usually funded by the Rhino Trust.

On the e-commerce platform, click-shop-pay@CYMOT, an online portal was created where visitors, before they depart for Namibia, can purchase much-needed field uniforms and gear on a cost-recovery basis. Various package options are available and once an order has been placed and settled online, the consignment is prepared and delivered to the Conservation Travel Foundation in Windhoek in time for the guests’ arrival.

Ultimate Safaris Managing Director, Tristan Cowley said their foundation will then facilitate the official handover of the uniforms and gear to the Save the Rhino Trust, and if the visitor happens to be in Namibia at that time, he or she is invited to join the occasion.

“Our hope is that this active and regular guest participation in the acquisition of these uniforms and gear will make this replacement and the continuing growth of the programme sustainable. There is also an additional benefit to this programme in that all uniforms and gear are purchased locally, contributing further to the economy,” Cowley stated adding that if only a small portion of the guests travelling to Namibia take part in this programme, actively contributing to conservation, this will help make the whole Rhino Ranger project far more sustainable.

The CYMOT Marketing Executive, Gabriela Raith, said “We are extremely grateful to be able to support this great initiative and to team up with such a visionary company like Ultimate Safaris. We hope that the rest of the world will also recognise these efforts and support this worthy cause.”

CYMOT, a wholly-owned Namibian retailer of outdoors gear and automotive components, has been supporting conservation for many years. During 2018 the company launched an e-commerce portal where more than 45,000 stock items are listed. Any item can be ordered and paid for online. CYMOT will arrange for delivery.

The Community Rangers dedicate their working lives to the protection of the black rhino, spending the majority of their time in the field, covering vast distances on foot while exposed to the harsh elements of a desert environment. The rangers are equipped with field uniforms and gear which need regular replacement given the demands of the environment and the frequency of use. This has become a significant burden on the Rhino Trust’s available budget. Covering these costs has never really been sustainable as it has relied largely on unpredictable ad-hoc grants and donations.

“In recognition of this and as part of our efforts to get Rhino Tourism to contribute to the costs of rhino conservation and making the project more sustainable, Ultimate Safaris’ Conservation Travel Foundation launched the PACK FOR CONSERVATION programme in 2018,” concluded Cowley.

Caption: Managing Director of Ultimate Safaris, Tristan Cowley (left) and Marketing Executive at CYMOT, Gabriela Raith.


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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.