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Don’t litter, don’t poach, don’t bother tourists and give the best service you can – tourism minister to visitors and locals alike

Don’t litter, don’t poach, don’t bother tourists and give the best service you can – tourism minister to visitors and locals alike

Environment and Tourism Minister, Hon Pohamba Shifeta this week called on both Namibians and visitors to refrain from activities that harm the environment but at the same time, he wished all holidaymakers well and expressed the hope that they enjoy their break.

Cautioning that all the festivities create a huge amount of waste, the minister also warned motorists not to dispose of garbage by simply throwing it out of the car’s window.

“Litter and irresponsible waste disposal can contaminate the soil, air and water with toxins, chemicals and disease-causing bacterial agents. Littering is one of the most visible and persistent environmental issues facing Namibia and costs the country a substantial amount of resources every year to clean up and repair the damages to the environment,” he stated.

Asking the public to remain vigilant, the minister said it is important that any form of poaching or suspected poaching must be reported immediately.

“Considering that this is the holiday season, poachers may view it as the right time to commit crimes, however the public should be reassured that measures have been put in place to ensure that our national parks and other conservation areas are sufficiently guarded with intensified anti-poaching patrols throughout the festive season. Both ground and aerial patrols are being carried throughout the festive season.”

Finally, the minister assured all travellers and visitors from overseas that their safety and security remain a top priority.

“There is no doubt that, the challenges around safety and security have negatively affected Namibia as a tourist destination. The ministry has therefore engaged the private sector and various stakeholders, to establish collaborative efforts and fight crime against tourists. The ministry condemns any act of violence against tourists in this country. Tour operators are also urged to recommit themselves in ensuring the safety of our tourists at all times,” he said.

“Tourism is one of the important economic sectors contributing enormously to the country’s Gross Domestic Product as well as creating employment for locals and ultimately contributing to poverty reduction.” The minister concluded by calling on all Namibians who are responsible for service delivery during the holidays, to render such an impressive service that visitors will gladly return to Namibia for future holidays.


 

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

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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.