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Team Sugawara takes 11th class win in 2020 Dakar in a 4-wheel-drive Series 500 Hino

Team Sugawara takes 11th class win in 2020 Dakar in a 4-wheel-drive Series 500 Hino

The Hino trucks that compete in the Dakar Rally every year are certainly very different from the typical truck that Namibians know as a “beesbus”, a truck that transports cattle, but through the racing experience, they provide the genetics for all commercial Hino trucks.

In the 2020 Dakar, ran over the first two weeks of January, the Hino racers again gave an excellent performance, notching up the Hino team’s 11th class victory for trucks with an engine capacity of less than 10 litres. The 2020 Dakar Rally marked the 28th consecutive year that Hino has entered this gruelling event, which has now been staged for 42 years.

Of the 47 trucks that started the race, only 29 managed to make it to the end some 7500 km down the 12 stages.

Two Hinos entered as usual as Team Hino Sugawara. One had to retire on safety concerns as its roll cage cracked in a crash. The other successfully completed the gruelling rally, coming in 10th overall and first in its class.

This was the first year that the legendary racer, Yoshimasa Sugawara did not compete. During his illustrious career, Sugawara set an umatched record, completing 30 Dakar rallies, and later doubling as team principal under the Team Sugawara banner. Over the years, his son Teruhito developed into an accomplished racer himself, with the 2020 rally being his 21st completed Dakar, 16 of which as driver.

For Dakar 2020, Teruhito was accompanied by navigator Yuji Mochiyuki and technician Hirozaku Somemiya.

The dominant marque in the plus-10-litre category has always been MAN. However, this year, of the 13 MANs that started, only 6 reached the finish. The other teams drove Iveco, Renault, DAF, Kamaz, Tatra, MAZ, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Unimog and Praga.

Caption. Celebrations all round as Team Sugawara takes its 11th class win in the Dakar rally for trucks with an engine displacement of less than 10 litres. From the left, navigator Yuji Mochiyuki, driver Teruhito Sugawara and mechanic Hirozaku Somemiya.


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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.