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Kunene infants enjoy world-best healthcare

Spanish Ambassador, H. E. Mrs. Carmen Díez (middle right) with Mr. Tomas Shapumba (middle left), Dr. Oye, Opuwo State Hospital nurses and staff members.

Spanish Ambassador, H. E. Mrs. Carmen Díez (middle right) with Mr. Tomas Shapumba (middle left), Dr. Oye, Opuwo State Hospital nurses and staff members.

Reducing infant mortality in the Kunene region is a key objective of the new maternity ward that was built at the Opuwo State hospital and inaugurated early this year.
The once derelict state health facility now operates a modern incubation and care room bringing much relief to mothers and infants in distress.
 The project, sponsored by the Spanish Cooperation, will be completed with the construction of a maternity waiting home under the patronage of the first lady, Madame Penehupifo Pohamba. Last week the Spanish Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Carmen Díez, paid a visit to the maternity ward integrated in the Opuwo State Hospital.
The ward is part of a project financed by the Spanish Cooperation to strengthen the Kunene regional health system and to reduce maternal and newborn mortality.

The ambassador visited the hospital to monitor the impact of the new modern maternity ward on the local population. The Ambassador was welcomed by the Director of the Kunene Regional Health Directorate, Mr. Tomas Shapumba and the Acting Principal Medical Officer of the Opuwo District Hospital, Dr. Oyesmo Angumbwike. They explained that since the opening of the new maternity ward, the number of deliveries in the hospital has increased. Since the ward provides safer maternal and neonatal health services, the number of still births has decreased and there has only been a single maternal death.  Dr. Angumbwike expressed his satisfaction with these results saying that the staff members are very motivated. Several women who had recently delivered in the ward expressed their satisfaction with the new facilities. Some of them had given birth to premature babies who survived due to the incubators.
The medical staff said that having more incubators has contributed enormously to the prevention of infant mortality.

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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.