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Cheetah Conservation Fund to play a pivotal role in reintroducing the extinct cheetah in India

Cheetah Conservation Fund to play a pivotal role in reintroducing the extinct cheetah in India

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) will assist the Wildlife Trust of India, the Wildlife Institute of India, and the Indian government with a pilot programme to reintroduce cheetah in the Asian nation, an official said Wednesday.

While India had long been part of the Asiatic cheetah’s historic range, the critically endangered sub-species, ‘Acinonyx jubatus venaticus’, was determined to have gone locally extinct in the early 1950’s.

“We are excited about the programme and the hope it provides for long-term cheetah survival. We are pleased to be assisting India,” Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF’s Founder and Executive Director said in response to questions from the Economist.

“The potential of bringing the cheetah back into the wild to allow the endangered grasslands to prosper is very worthwhile,” she added.

According to Marker, reintroduction will be a long and difficult process, but Namibia has accepted the challenge, as CCF currently estimates that Namibia’s wild cheetah population is around 1500 adults and adolescents.

The CCF said that Marker will travel to India next month to meet with the government and local wildlife NGOs involved in this project, now that the Supreme Court has given its assent on Tuesday to determine the next steps.

“After a series of hearings spanning almost a decade to review the documentation, the Supreme Court of India agreed to allow the cheetah pilot programme to move forward,” she added

According to the Fund, CCF will consult with governments from countries that may provide cheetahs and will assist in identifying those to be included the pilot programme.

“Any movement of cheetah will be done through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). CCF will consult with conservation governing bodies, such as IUCN, and the international cheetah conservation community. Several options are already under assessment. CCF will also assist with the design of the pilot programme, and CCF staff will provide technical support throughout its deployment,” CCF added.

“To save cheetahs from extinction, we need to create more permanent places for them on Earth. India has areas of grassland and open forest habitat, which is ideal for this species,” said Marker, while she commended the decision of the Supreme Court”.

CCF and Dr. Marker began consulting with the Indian government in 2009 about reintroduction.

Along with other members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Cat Specialist Group, Veterinary Specialist Group and Reintroduction Specialist Group, Dr. Marker traveled to India to attend a series of meetings on the utilisation of the southern African subspecies, Acinonyx jubatus jubatus, for reintroduction.

In 2011, Dr. Marker returned to conduct site visits to determine habitat suitability, prey base and the presence of natural predators. She delivered recommendations based on her findings to Indian wildlife authorities.

CCF is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Namibia, with a base in Somaliland and operations in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, while it has fundraising partner organisations in Germany, the Netherlands and Kenya.


Caption: CCF estimates that Namibia’s wild cheetah population is around 1500 adults and adolescents. (Photograph contributed by Jaco Marx/CCF).


 

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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.