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Run-up to rhino awards put the selfless work of rangers and wardens in the spotlight

Run-up to rhino awards put the selfless work of rangers and wardens in the spotlight

Poaching draws much negative publicity but the people who dedicate their lives to conservation seldom receive any recognition. In this regard, the Rhino Conservation Awards spotlight the outstanding dedication of the rangers and wardens across Africa whose only mission is to save a rhino every day.

In anticipation of the awards on 21 July 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Chief Executive of the Game Rangers Association of Africa, Andrew Campbell, said “Black Rhino numbers have doubled and White Rhino numbers have almost tripled since the early 1990s. The Great Elephant Census conducted in 2016 showed populations are growing in countries like Botswana, Uganda and Malawi while they remain stable in South Africa and Kenya. We must acknowledge these successes and learn from them, without ignoring the escalating threats many of these species now face.”

This success is not possible without the conservation efforts undertaken by various organisations and individuals. These success stories serve as motivation for others that their work and efforts are not in vain. “The media tends to focus on the number of carcasses poached, but everyday many species are protected thanks to the blood, sweat and tears of dedicated conservationists and game rangers who deserve recognition,” Campbell said

The Rhino Conservation Awards recognise the organisations and individuals who commit their lives to protect and safeguard endangered species. Since being founded by Dr Larry Hansen and Miss Xiaoyang Yu in 2011, the awards have been hosted annually in collaboration with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and the Game Rangers Association. The 2019 awards are sponsored by ZEISS and China New Enterprises Inc.

The finalists will be joined at the event by various dignitaries under the patronage of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and by representatives of the NGOs working for rhino conservation.

Work done over the last 12 months, starting July 2018, will be adjudicated in the categories, Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political, Investigative and Judicial Support, Best Rhino Conservation Supporter and Special Award for Endangered Species Conservation.

Nominations have officially closed for the 2019 awards and the winners will be announced at the event.

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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.