Sardarov comes to Namibia's rescue

23 June 2020 | Health

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Russian billionaire Rashid Sardarov, who owns the Marula Game Ranch near Dordabis, in April helped the government by transporting much-needed medical supplies to Namibia and fly back a Namibian police officer from Europe.

Sardarov made his private jet available to airlift personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of his contribution to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Namibia.

The supplies were urgently needed by the health ministry, but were stuck in Europe due the unavailability of flights to Namibia.

This is according to a statement issued by Marula Game Ranch, which says the flight from Munich in Germany to Hosea Kutako International on 17 April took 18 hours.

The flight also enabled the safety and security ministry to repatriate Chief Inspector Junius Ukonga, who had been after being stuck in Europe for weeks. The Namibian ambassador to Germany, Andreas Guibeb, thanked Saradov for being willing to assist the government and people of Namibia.



Controversial

Sardarov bought several farms in the Dordabis area measuring 28 000 hectares in 2013 through his Switzerland-based company Comsar Properties SA.

The state-of-the-art ranch known as Marula Game Ranch was built on the land.

Marula Game Ranch, located about 70 kilometres from Windhoek, boasts the Marula Lodge, Marula Farm House and Otjimukona Lodge.

Sardarov was controversially granted a 99-year lease for four more farms he had purchased and then donated to the Namibian government in 2018.

Sardarov is the chairman and founder of Comsar Energy Group and the South-Ural Industrial Company (SUIC), both of which are large private companies in Russia, with a presence in several countries in Eastern Europe. The assets of the companies amount to US$2.2 billion.

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