Select Page

Breweries continues to support anti-poaching initiatives

Breweries continues to support anti-poaching initiatives

Namibia Breweries Limited reaffirmed its support of the Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP) with an extended Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties last week.

For the past four years, the breweries has strengthened ISAP’s operations with an annual sponsorship of N$100,000 through its brand Windhoek Lager, and has in 2017 further strengthened the fight against poaching, with the donation of the Piper Super Cub named ‘The Protector’ as an additional tool to ISAP.

‘The Protector’ is used for tracking collared animals, follow-up on poachers, air support for ISAP operations, Carcass locations, and patrols in national parks and private reserves.”

According to Fritz Kaufmann, ISAP Director, the yearly financial support from the Brewery over the years has been a big contributor to ISAP’s ability to function.

“The general support from the broader public has grown significantly, and ISAP has become a household name in the fight against environmental crime. This is also due to the partnership with NBL as it has placed ISAP on the map as well as giving it credibility,” Kaufmann said.

Kaufmann noted that numerous arrests have been made by the authorities due to information given to them by ISAP and that they have seen the apprehension of poachers on all fronts, and the building of a training facility where training and awareness of environmental issues are tabled and discussed, as well as workshops on various topics.

Managing Director of the brewery, Marco Wenk said they have seen a significant difference made by ISAP in the fight against poaching in Namibia as well as its contribution to protecting the environment.

“We are inspired by ISAP’s commitment to, and passion for curbing the senseless poaching in Namibia, which in turn makes it easy to continue in this relationship,” Wenk said.


Caption: NBL Managing Director, Marco Wenk (left) and ISAP Director, Fritz Kaufmann signing the agreement last week that will see NBL commit another N$100 000 towards anti-poaching efforts.


 

About The Author

Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

Promotion

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.