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Brewer and Butcher best of both worlds

The ‘Brewer & Butcher’ restaurant

Situated at the Swakopmund Mole as one of the three exquisite restaurants of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund that opened doors to the public a fortnight ago, the Brewer & Butcher estaurant is a rich blend of Namibian and German culture.

This first rate restaurant specializing in beef and game is accompanied by an authentic German beer garden and a cosy terrace and lounge that faces the Atlantic Ocean. Even more exciting about this new unique addition to the restaurant experience in the country, is Namibia’s first in-house micro-brewery, the Swakopmund Brewing Company which hosts the Brewer & Butcher.
With the brewing machinery imported from Germany, at least three different beers will be brewed on site by qualified Brewmaster, Stephan Koepp, who specializes in craft brewing. NBL Brewmaster Christian Mueller is confident that the Brewer & Butcher will provide for beer lovers an unforgettable experience.
Christian: “We brew the beer here and dependent on customer demand we could actually change recipes and adapt our brews to address the needs of our consumers by for example adding more hops or barley to adjust bitterness to the taste profile of our visitors.”
Through the Strand Hotel’s commitment to freshness, the environment and to Namibia at large, most cuts at the Brewer & Butcher are from free range, authentic Namibian beef and game.
Executive Chef at the Strand Hotel, Dallas Orr brings his world-class experience to the restaurant, and incorporates genuine Namibian animal proteins into German, Namibian and other outstanding world recipes.
In embracing Namibia’s roots, the Brewer & Butcher welcomes a German feel to its interior design, while the dining and lounge area is lightened up with a fireplace for cosiness.

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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.