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Land Rover owners join forces with other 4×4 brands to support the fight against cancer

Land Rover owners join forces with other 4×4 brands to support the fight against cancer

The loving memories of Candice Visser and Anja Lingner were recently honoured at an off-road event where a large group of 4×4 enthusiasts came together to collect donations for the treatment of cancer patients.

Linger was the wife of well-know motor sport personality Harald Lingner, while Visser was a teenager when she succumbed to cancer earlier this year. Her parents participated in the off-road event as a special tribute to their beloved daughter. The team’s name is Kandas in reference to Visser’s first name, Candice.

Organised by the Land Rover Owners Namibia club, the special off-road competition, Battle of the Brand for Cancer, was held at the Tony Rust race track west of Windhoek. The event was open to all marques and attracted 58 entries.

The club said they received so many donations, they were still reconciling all the transfers a week after the event, estimating that this year’s total donations will be about twice the amount collected last year.

The Battle started early on Saturday 26 October at the Land Rover showroom in Windhoek. The first leg consisted of a treasure hunt where the teams could follow any of four routes that took them past the premises of the event’s many sponsors. A photo of the business evidenced the successful location of the treasure. This had to be sent in via WhatsApp to the control centre where the hunts were monitored.

The treasure hunt was followed by the main event at Tony Rust for which all participants had to converge at the off-road track in the hills adjacent to the main race track. Various competitive stages were held to test the skill and ability of both drivers and cars.

After lunch, climbing skills were tested in an uphill drag race, two cars at a time, to determine who stayed the course best in the shortest time.

The day ended with a social at the Tony Rust track hall where Land Rover, no surprise, was named the brand of the day followed by Jeep and Suzuki.

Caption: The parents of cancer victim Candice Visser participated as Team Kandas in the Battle of the Brands for Cancer, an off-road competition staged to collect funds for the treatment of cancer patients.


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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.