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This Week In The Khuta – The curse of the weave

Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by how chic and glamorous black women with hair extensions looked. I remember watching the Miss Namibia pageants on television and seeing how glamorous some of the ladies who had long hair extensions – or horse hair as my father calls it – looked when strutting on stage.
As the years went by, most of my friends in high school had become fans of this “horse hair” to the point that some of them actually thought of it as their own.
I, for one, never had hair extensions probably due to the fact that I couldn’t afford it. I was happy to just tie up my hair or braid it.
By the time I reached university, extensions had different name tags. Different types of hair is now available; you get Brazilian, Indian, 100% human and even Malaysian hair extensions. These different hair types have become dominant amongst the ladies on campus. These days even girls as young as 16 don N$1 000 hair pieces on their heads.
Mind you, this is another human being’s hair that is being stitched onto your hair! If only a certain Maria Rodriguez (who has never cut her hair in her life) in a poverty-stricken town in Brazil knew how much a typical Namibian woman will pay for her hair, she would  realise that she’s sitting on a gold mine.
I should probably applaud whoever brought the weaving business to Namibia. Thanks to them, music videos have suddenly become more interesting to watch, with video vixens competing who has the longest Brazilian hair or the costliest. Business amongst hair boutiques is also booming, with some salons charging exorbitant fees to customers who want to have their hair weaved. These days, anyone who can get their hands on a couple of weaves can sell them and call themself an entrepreneur.
I always wondered why women want to weave their hair. Is short, ethnic hair no longer beautiful? I seriously think it is pathetic how people flaunt hair that isn’t even theirs. Some women even resort to dating older rich men who would offer them money to buy the latest, most expensive Brazilians on the market.You will find some girls changing weaves every second week whilst they can’t even afford to buy textbooks, let alone pay their rentals.
A friend once told me that in order for her to preserve her weaves, she usually just washes them. After a while she puts them back on and if she’s in need of quick cash, she sells them.While recycling is good, I still think recycled weaves can pose a hazard to one’s hair.
I once read of a woman who got lice because she wore a weave for too long. If that isn’t enough to put any weave-crazed lady off, then I rest my case.
Then you get women who end up loosing their natural hair because they are not taking care of it and when weaves are put in, the hairdresser also excessively pulls one’s hair, resulting in damage or loss of hair. Why spend so much on hair that will eventually make you loose your own hair? I understand that if your hair refuses to grow,you can always buy it, but if that’s going to cost you permanent hair damage, then rather settle for something less dramatic and easy to maintain like a simple rasta.Trust me, you will be surprised as to how fast your hair will grow in a short period of time.

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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.