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Many opportunities open to the youth – Kahaka

LK-AWARDThe first Namibian woman to receive the UNESCO – L’Oreal International Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences Award, Dr Gladys Kahaka has encouraged young Namibians who want to venture into science to grab the opportunities made available by government.
Kahaka, a lecturer from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Namibia, accepted the prestigious award at a hand over ceremony which took place at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris late last week.
In an interview with the Economist, Kahaka said that the Namibian Government has made opportunities available for young people who want to go into science by giving scholarships and bursaries as well as sending them outside the country.
“Namibia has the resources and it is up to us to take that and use it wisely, so if possible we should take the opportunity and develop ourselves, get all the international skills that we need and come use it in Namibia,” she said.
Dr Kahaka said winning the award is not only a turning point in her research but also an opportunity for her to network with fellow scientists.
“Winning this means a lot to me, I just finished my PhD in 2010, so this came as an opportunity for me to be able to continue with my research  and also an opportunity to network with fellow scientists, also an opportunity for me to able to contribute to science in general,” she said.
The title of her post-doctoral work is: The transcriptome quantification of Namibian endangered species using Affymetrix human and Arabidopsis ATH1 GeneChips.” Kahaka will be conducting her research at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
The aim of the fellowship is to improve the position of women in science by recognising outstanding female researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. It is designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving, committed and talented young women scientists, from all over the world, active in the life sciences.
A maximum of three young female scientists from each of the five geographical regions of the world are awarded the fellowships. The candidates must not be more than 35 years old, and must already be engaged in pursuing research at doctoral or post-doctoral level in fields including, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiology.
The 2012 recipients from the sub-Saharan Africa Region are from Kenya, Namibia and South Africa. The value of the award is US$100,000 for each fellow.

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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.