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Calitz crowned Agra national Weaner Champion for 2019

Calitz crowned Agra national Weaner Champion for 2019

The title of Agra National Weaner Champion for 2019 went to Bertus Calitz. The 2015, 2017 champion was crowned 2019 champion at an event held last week.

The Agra Weaner competition grants opportunities for meat producers to feature their best weaners, emphasizing fertility, growth ability, capacity to produce meat and farming practices.

Ultimately the competition creates a platform whereby producers can share best practices, thus assisting in identifying and filling knowledge gaps.

The 2019 competition consisted of three categories, which were feedlot potential, veld potential, and heifer breeding potential, and the criteria of the judges was based on ideal weight for maximum points 220 kg to 260 kg, assessment of farming practices, uniformity of type and weight, condition, growth potential and breeding potential of heifers, amongst others.

Apart from Calitz winning the main title, the central, southern and northern regional winners were also awarded prizes on this exciting evening.

The regional winners for the central category were; Calitz for Feedlot, Jaco Labuschagne for Veld and Frans Lottering for Heifers with breeding potential.

The regional winners for the southern category were as follows, Andre Carlile for Feedlot and Veld, Theo Nghilundua and Pieter van Schalkwyk for Heifers with breeding potential.

The regional winners for the northern category were as follows, Winnie Ritzdorf for Feedlot, Japie Jacobs for Veld and Frans Menne for Heifers with breeding potential.

The CEO of Agra Limited Arnold Klein said although the country is experiencing one of the worst
droughts in recent years, the farmers expressed resilience by coming up with solutions to withstand the dire climatic conditions, adding that he hopes that this year’s rain will bring relief to farmers and replenish the country’s resources.

The main sponsors of the competition were, Bank Windhoek, Feedmaster, Sanlam and Santam and the associate sponsors were AgriBank, Bayer, Hino Indongo/ Indongo Toyota, MSD and Paratus Africa, bringing up a collective sponsorship amount of approximately N$420,000 in cash and in-kind.

Caption: National Champion Bertus Calitz receiving his award from Agra CEO, Arnold Klein.


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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.