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Military personnel get training on the Queen’s language

English compliant: NDF and Navy participants at the closing ceremony of the Peace Keeping English Training Project last week.

A two-week Intensive Military English Language Training that targeted the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) and Navy officers concluded last week in Windhoek. The training was delivered by the British Council and funded by the British Peace Support Team (South Africa).

Participants from the army and navy undertook 50 hours of intensive English Language lessons which focused on improving grammatical accuracy and developing vocabulary as well as practising and extending communication skills in a variety of situation and tasks.
A total number of 40 participants were trained and this was the 3rd consecutive year where defence force members were trained in Peace Keeping English.
The training is conducted in recognition of the need for effective communication in English regionally, nationally and internationally and the need to work towards ensuring human security and human rights, and supporting international peace keeping throughout the world and it is vital that the Namibian Military be able to use English accurately.
Political and Press Officer British High Commission, Hans-Christian Mahnke said, “The British Council is a world leader in English Language Teaching. With over 2,000 teachers employed in 80 centres worldwide and providing lessons for 300,000 learners each year, the council provides courses for teachers and English language improvement classes for adult professionals.”
“In Sub Saharan Africa in 2012 we delivered direct teaching to over 15,000 students of English in 16 Countries. In addition, we have excellent track record in teaching the Military through our Peacekeeping English Projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, Senegal, Djibouti, Mozambique and Namibia,” he added.
The closing ceremony for the training last week was attended by the British High Commissioner, H.E Ms Marianne Young, Colonel John McCardle, Defence Advisor for Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom, based in South Africa and Mr Edward Hauanga, Deputy Director in the Directorate for Education and Civil Training at the Ministry of Defence, Namibia.
“We would like to thank the British Government for availing themselves in setting up this great initiative to provide training opportunities to members of the Ministry of Defence,” said Hauanga.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.