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General Tyre 4×4 Adventure heads for Namibia route

A Toyota Fortuner equipped with General Grabber AT tyres showing its mantle during previously held tours

A Toyota Fortuner equipped with General Grabber AT tyres showing its mantle during previously held tours

The third annual General Tyre 4×4 African Adventure commenced yesterday from Port Elizabeth and this year’s route will include the rugged terrain of Namibia.
Niel Langner, Marketing Manager at Continental Tyre South Africa, said “Namibia will present a new challenge to showcase the remarkable performance of the General Grabber AT and MT in desert conditions, while providing some truly spectacular driving and equally breath-taking scenery.”
Following the successful 2012 and 2013 expeditions, which travelled as far north as Zambia and Malawi, the 2014 African Adventure will see nine vehicles and 18 people exploring the abundant adventure attractions that define this sparsely populated desert nation.
The 10-day General Tyre 4×4 African Adventure, led by Adventure Junkies Eastern Cape, will once again be proving the exceptional performance of the General Grabber 4×4 tyre range while passing through Namibia.

“The General Grabber AT and the Grabber MT have proven themselves to be exceptionally capable in all types of terrain, from the rocky mountains of Zambia to the treacherous mud encountered in Botswana and Mozambique,” said Langner.
The current line-up comprises the locally produced all-terrain Grabber AT, along with the heavy-duty mud-terrain Grabber MT. The convoy set off from Port Elizabeth yesterday and will travel via Upington to the Augrabies Falls National Park. After crossing the border at Onseepkans, the group heads for Ai-Ais in the Fish River Canyon, which is renowned as the second-largest canyon in the world, and the largest in Africa. It features a gigantic ravine that is 160 km long, up to 27 km wide in places and almost 550 metres deep. The convoy will then continue on to Sossusvlei, and then through to Swakopmund via the Kuiseb Canyon.  The trip culminates when the convoy makes its way south via Keetmanshoop and cross back into South Africa for the return leg to be held on 12 and 13 July. The route is expected to cover approximately 5000 km, of which more than 1500 km will be on Namibia’s gravel roads and sand trails.
The General Tyre 4×4 African Adventure will support a local community project along the way. Continental Tyre SA will be donating funds to the Michelle McLean Primary School in Otjomuise on the outskirts of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek.

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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.