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Sex remains a taboo subject

Yolande Engelbrecht, paralegal: Gender Research and Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Centre presented a talk on the beliefs and attitudes of young people towards sex and gender. (Photograph by Yvonne Amukwaya)Despite the sexual freedom afforded to some young people, sex remains a taboo subject and some parents still do not discuss sex with their children. In some of the cultures, girls did not learn about menstruation until it happens to them. This was revealed by a study done by the Legal Assistance Centre and Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) on the beliefs and attitudes of young people towards gender, sexuality and traditions.
The study, Beliefs and Attitudes towards Gender, Sexuality and Traditions amongst Namibian Youth, is based on the views of 395 youth that were interviewed across the country. They were between the ages of 15 and 20.
The study showed that the Namibian youth has mixed views about sexual rights and are more liberal than the older generation.
According to research presented by Yolande Engelbrecht, a paralegal: Gender Research and Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Centre, most of the youth receive their sexual education from the media while churches provide the least information.
Speaking at the first presentation since the survey was launched, Engelbrecht disclosed that most of the Namibian youth are not sexually educated.
Findings from the study also suggested that females have more access to information and that they are more confident to raise their opinions than their male counterparts.
Engelbrecht further said that according to their research, students from private schools are better informed than the other group (OYO respondents) who were mostly made up of youth from rural areas – suggesting that urban youth have access to more information.
Responses of the private school cohort, in particular the females, were the most supportive of gender equality and sexual rights. Responses of the OYO cohort, in particular the males, were the most conservative.
Engelbrecht said that the greatest difference was between the two groups, rather than between males and females within groups. This indicates that living in a privileged environment in Windhoek is the most important factor in willingness to embrace gender equality and sexual rights.
The youngest sub-cohort of the OYO respondents (16 year-olds) were consistently more likely to chose answers supporting gender equality and sexual rights, than the older OYO sub-cohort (20 year-olds).
This suggests that there is a mini ideological generation gap in Namibia, with the younger people embracing, or at least wanting to be seen as embracing, more progressive attitudes about gender and sexuality.
The survey which was conducted between 2007/2008 and is a joint effort by the Legal Assistance Centre and OYO with the aim to identify young people’s attitudes and beliefs about gender, sexuality and tradition, provide information to improve educational and social programs on HIV prevention, gender equality and sexual rights as well as to identify areas of potential legal and social reform.

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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.