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German Armed Forces get new commandant

f. l.t.r. Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller, Ambassador Onno Hückmann and Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch.

Late last month, Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch took over the command of the Technical Advisory Group of the German Armed Forces in Namibia (GAFTAG) from his predecessor Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller.

After almost seven years in Namibia, Lieutenant Colonel Moeller is now following a posting to NATO in Turkey.
Ambassador Onno Hückmann cited the achievements of Lieutenant Colonel Moeller, highlighting successful projects such as the“ Mobile Field Hospital UN Level II“ and the Motor Vehicle Training Workshop, Namibian Qualifications Authority (NQA) – Level. He also praised the efficient co-operation with the Namibian Defence Force, which also contributes financially to all the projects.
In its Federal Government Policy Guidelines for Africa adopted last year, the German Federal Government has declared “Promoting peace and security, supporting the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA)” one of its top priorities.
The aim is to make possible actual and complete African ownership of conflict management through tailored support in the sphere of training, advice and equipment for the armed and security forces and to help African partners to build up capacities here as well as in the fields of conflict prevention and civilian conflict resolution.
Ambassador Hückmann said that the Namibian Defense Force has performed impeccably whenever it participated in regional peacekeeping and stabilisation operations.
The mission of GAFTAG is to enhance Namibia’s capacity to contribute to peace and stability in Africa even better.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Andreas Moeller, successor, Lieutenant Colonel Rainer Hoch, received best wishes for his new command and for the implementation of present projects.

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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.