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Ahrens off to World Cup

Top female shooter, Gaby Ahrens, has set her sights on the World Cup in Cyprus. Photograph by Heiko Diehl of Proactive.

Namibia’s top shooter Gaby Ahrens left this week for the third world cup of the season in Cyprus in preparation for the African Championships in November in Johannesburg. Ahrens will compete in the Olympic Trap competition this Saturday with the qualifiers scheduled for the morning and the finals for the afternoon.

The four World Cups a year see the world’s best shooters converge on different locations to battle it out. With the Olympic Summer Games coming up next year in Rio de Janeiro, the competition is expected to be more intense than usual with every shooter wanting to win to qualify for the biggest sports event in the world.
For Ahrens, however, the tournament gives her competition exposure enroute to the Africa Championships in South Africa where another Olympic spot is up for grabs. Only the winner secures one of the sought-after spots, both in the female and male division. Ahrens won the event in 2011 to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.
“I’m ready and confident. I’m looking forward to the event,”she explained after spending nearly every day on the shooting range at the Luipaardsvallei military base south of Windhoek for a couple of weeks.
To keep on track for her third Olympic Games, Ahrens plans to take part at the fourth World Cup in Azerbaijan in August as well.

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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.