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44 agricultural extension officers to get training on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

44 agricultural extension officers to get training on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

The Food and Agriculture Organization Namibia in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF), with facilitation support from the FAO Emergency Management Centre (FAOHQ), has organised two national training workshops on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS).

The training which is for 44 agricultural extension officers in MAWF’s Directorate of Agricultural Extension and Engineering Services (DAPEES), will take place on 12 September at the Cest Si Bon Hotel, Otjiwarongo and will.

The three-day training aims to build the capacity of national staff to better manage and protect the livestock assets and livelihoods of agro-pastoralists affected by humanitarian crises. It is expected that to build the capacity of 44 agricultural extension officers on the principles, knowledge and skills of emergency preparedness, response and recovery to humanitarian crises and animal health emergencies enhanced, The UN agency said in a statement.

Meanwhile, according to the FAO, the evolving climatic patterns characterized by cyclic droughts, floods and cyclones have become more frequent in Southern Africa.

Their scale and complexities demand that all partners on the ground work together to help communities become more resilient to these threats.

During the 2018/19 agricultural season Southern Africa experienced extreme climate-related hazards which adversely affected agriculture, food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of agro-pastoralists in the region.

In May 2019 the government declared a State of Emergency on account of the drought, with all 14 regions affected.

In light of the impact of the drought on the food security situation, FAO Namibia has been working with the government and other development partners to build the resilience of the most vulnerable communities, while reducing dependence on food assistance.


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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.