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Kavango East to host Newspaper Cup

The Namibian Newspaper Cup returns with much fanfare when football lovers across the country descend on the Kavango East, the host region for this year’s edition of the youthful cup.
Omusati who won after they defeated the Oshikoto Region in last year’s edition held in Outjo will again face Otjozondjupa at the group stage as well as taking on four- time record winners Khomas Region and 2006 winners Hardap Region in Group B.
Host region Kavango East will have to negotiate their passage to the semifinals past Ohangwena and Karas regions in Group D, while last year’s runner ups Oshikoto Region are in Group C together with Oshana and 2012 winners Erongo Region.
Three time winners Omaheke are in Group A together with Zambezi, Kunene and Kavango West Regions. Group A winners will face Group B winners in the semifinals while winners of Group C and D will clash in the other semifinal encounter.
The Launch event also saw the introduction of Nedbank Namibia as the principle sponsor of the Competition coming on board with a contribution of N$500,000, while the NSA pumped in N$49,000 and Coca Cola, as the official drink sponsor, shipping in with N$60,000 worth of drinks for the Easter weekend event at the Rundu Sports Stadium.
The overall prize monies has increase to N$35,000 to the winners and N$20,000 to the runner-ups. The third placed team will walk away with N$10,000 and N$5,000 will go to the fourth-placed team. Man of the Match prizes has also increased to N$500 while overall individual awards have a N$2 000 price tag compared to N$1 000 last year. The Ministry of Sports will again provide Transport to Rundu to all the visiting regional teams.
The tournament starts on Good Friday morning and ends on Easter Monday and will feature players born as of 01 January 1997 and later. Two teams to be known as The Namibian Shadow Team and the Nedbank Namibia Shadow Team will be selected to play in an exhibition match on Easter Sunday while the finalists will be dressed in the corporate colours of The Namibian Newspaper and Nedbank Namibia.
The theme for the event is “Beware of the Crocs”. Group A: Zambezi, Kunene, Omaheke and Kavango West; Group B: Otjozondjupa, Omusati, Hardap and Khomas; Group C: Oshana, Erongo and Oshikoto and Group D: Kavango East, Ohangwena and Karas.

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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.