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SPCA reflects on 2019. November set new record of animals in need

SPCA reflects on 2019. November set new record of animals in need

Every person who adopts an animal, volunteers to care for animals, donates to the SPCA, educates another person about animal care or is a member of the SPCA, contributes in his or her own way, either as private individual or as corporate business, to the life of the organization.

“They are the pulse of the SPCA and what makes this possible. They save lives through their actions and are all heroes in the eyes of animals,” stated Hanna Rhodin, Sylvia Breitenstein and Dr Annie Marggraff as they reflected on what 2019 meant for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, popularly known as the SPCA.

The society took in 3685 animals during the course of 2019. This works out to an average of 10 animals per day. Of this total, SPCA inspectors fetched 1445 animals off the roads or had their owners surrender them.

The number of distressed animals that arrives at the SPCA gates also reflects a clear seasonal pattern, loosely associated with school holidays. For instance, in November last year, 398 animals needed shelter. This was a new monthly record.

“We desperately hope that this is a once-off trend that does not continue, and that people realize that adopting an animal from a shelter truly makes a difference, even if just for that one particular animal,” the trio stated.

When an animals arrives at the SPCA, it is usually not a simple case of being abandoned or strayed. Most need medical attention and many are emaciated. In 2019, the SPCA administered 3009 vaccines and neutered 554 animals.

Contrary to popular belief, the SPCA does not receive only cats and dogs. Last year the menagerie consisted of donkeys, horses, cattle, raptors such as hawks, owls, and eagles, small wild birds, bats, hyraxes, mongooses, meerkats, porcupines, turtles, tortoises, and more. In total, 142 ‘other’ types were received.

Education of the youth is an important pivot of the SPCA’s preventive strategies. In 2019 the society reached more than 1170 children through school visits in only one semester. To back up its outreach strategy, the society is very active through notices, newsletters, its website, entertainment events, competitions, yard sales and adoption drives.

Heartbreaking as it is, the SPCA sometimes has to relieve severely injured animals from their suffering but there are also many tales of hope, revival and happy endings. Every human family that adopts a new family member from the SPCA, helps to prevent cruelty to other animals in future.


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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.