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Offbeat 13 November 2015

Offbeat 13 November 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on the way. Apparently it involves Luke Skywalker’s light sabre, and possibly his severed hand. It will be one of my milestone moments, same as the prequel and sequel trilogies, but I expect the cinema here will probably show it in 3D, one of a series of persistent denials of pleasure, given that I don’t have the same visual acuity in both eyes.
I suppose I will have to wait for the DVD, as I do with most major releases. Perhaps there will be a comic. I know there is a novelisation that can be pre-ordered on Amazon, to coincide with the film’s release. Given the visual feast that is Star Wars, I won’t be going there.
In the mean time, as a card carrying Star Wars geek, I have been delving into the Star Wars universe through the omnibus comic collections. There’s a vast amount of material. I started with Knights of the Old Republic and Zayne Carrick, set 4000 years before the current series, and am currently making my way through the Clone Wars series.
The comic series have their moments. Master Yoda’s philosophical attempt not to get into a battle on some or other planet sticks with me. The story arc in which dark Jedi Quinlan Vos infiltrates Count Dooku’s operation also sticks. Other than that it’s a series of ongoing moments that light up some or other thrill-seeking structure in my brain. I hope it doesn’t get old too fast.
I am addicted to the sensation of thrill. My brain needs to light up regularly. If it doesn’t I sink into some kind of sluggish torpor with side orders of depression and dissatisfaction. I could survive that torpor in winter, or on a rainy day, but in summer it is too hot and sweaty to sleep it off comfortably.
I struggle to find thrills now, so a seam of stories like Star Wars is something to be mined voraciously.
I can’t easily sit without something feeding into my head. When I was a kid I used to play with toy cars or Lego with the occasional movie matinee thrown in on a Saturday afternoon. Television came along, with hordes of series, but that also wore out. In my twenties, there was an endless series of soap operas played out in bars, but the alcohol became dangerous and the cast of characters became boring.
Fast forward to the Internet and social media. Of late, I have realised that Facebook is a danger zone. After a couple of years the penny has finally dropped, and I realise that it is a place of intense loneliness. The memes are repetitive. Selfie posters are so desperate for attention that they post belfie shots and try to justify them with unrelated, unrefined mimicry of wisdom. If you don’t knows what a belfie is, google it for a true glimpse of the hideous sophistry that is going down in the collective soul of humanity. People, it seems, are able to make arses of themselves, without any sense of irony.
I haven’t posted anything there in a couple of days now. There doesn’t seem to be much point in saying something in the hopes of eliciting a response. The response is virtual. Although there are human hands on keyboards, it is not the same as the presence of flesh. And like those bleary eyed nights in bars, there is the aspect of soap opera, for which I no longer have much time.
Something has gone amiss in all of this: a sense of self. I can not sit alone, by myself, unaccompanied by some kind of device input, for much longer than about 10 minutes. That comes at an ugly cost I realise. I lose my own self-awareness in an incessant stream of personal assessments based on media inputs. I do not spend enough time on personal reflection.
It’s an addiction that I have referred to a couple of times. The neurological science of the thing is becoming more apparent now. Journal articles on the perils of screen time are showing up with higher frequency, ironically feeding the same addiction from the same perilous media stream against which they caution.
I have a challenge. I need to find comfort on the kitchen step, doing nothing, thinking less. I wonder if I will make it.

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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.