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Paper Towns – Film Review

Following the heart-felt film ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, Paper Towns is another coming-of-age story of Quentin (Nat Wolff) who has been in love with his enigmatic neighbour Margot (Cara Delevingne) since preschool. One night, Margot appoints him as her partner-in-crime for a series of pranks that she has decided to play on the friends that wronged her.

The morning after the best adventure of his life, Quentin soon discovers that Margo has disappeared. But since he is so smitten by her, and with a little help from his friends, he is able to pick up on the trail of clues she has left behind and he decides to pursue her.
Unsurprisingly, many coming-of-age stories are quite ironic in that they are geared to an audience with a thirst for enlightenment but they tend to be rather formulaic. Paper Towns has comfortably earned its place as just another repitition of one of these films. In this film, John Green (bestseller author of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’) tends to buffer up the story with these sentiments that are seemingly revolutionary on the surface, but in fact, have no place or holding in real life existence. Which is the reason why I find myself swaying on the fence. On the side facing the greener pastures, one can see how it certainly captures its audience, or at least our perceptions of our new Generation Y bloomers. After all, is not the entire goal of a film to entice, entertain and offer alternatives to ordinary lives? Paper Towns seems to maintain the wishful attitude that many young adults hang on to as they reach the peak of the next stage of their life; stepping into the inevitable and irresistible unknown, while attempting to use the same rusty tools that helped mechanise their arrival. A wherever-the-adventure-takes-me attitude pierces open the path of their journey. Basically, the air is sweet and they are just winging it. Except, of course, as they sew their pattern with fitful discretion, these teens have an invisible, yet abundant supply of money serving as the thread that holds their impractical journey together. On the other side of the fence, the brown grass rustles in the wind, begging to be watered. Although there are many developments to the plot, the story itself is rather hollow. Throughout the entire film, we follow the story of a lovestruck boy who takes it upon himself to trace every last step of a girl he barely knows, and who may not even want to be found. This may be an enlightening journey for someone going through the process, but watching the film does not produce the same effect. However, if you do manage to stay interested up until the end, you will see how hot air does manage to play its part in taking up space. I can not deny that the conclusion of the film may have made watching it worthwhile, in spite of its fluffy and predictable structure. However, I feel there are other things that would better suit anybody’s time. It is up to you to watch it and see what I mean.

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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.