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Joe Public, the most admired Agency

Cornerstone owner, Margareth Gustavo, a well-known local Public Relations professional is proud of their South African partner, Joe Public which received accolades in recent polls.
She said they needed to celebrate and make it known here in Namibia that Cornerstone is proud to be associated with such a well renowned organisation. “we felt it appropriate to share Joe Public’s milestone with you our clients, stakeholders, suppliers and friends. Join us as we celebrate our partners. Their achievement is our achievement!” said Gustavo
Every year since 2012, MarkLives, one of South Africa’s leading online advertising and marketing publications, has been polling South Africa’s top agency leaders to find out what they think of their competitors, who they see as great leaders and creatives, and where they believe their future competition is likely to come from. Last week, Joe Public United was voted “The Most Admired Advertising Agency in South Africa” for 2015. This award is based on peer recognition.
Herman Manson of MarkLives revealed the agencies most-admired by their peers in South Africa during 2015. The results were as follows:
Johannesburg: The most-admired ad agency in Jozi,was Joe Public United, with the runner-up being FCB Africa. Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg was named a contender.
Cape Town: Here the vote went to King James Group (Cape Town), with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town the runner-up and FoxP2 contending.
The most-admired ad agency in South Africa
Joe Public United offices
Joe Public United
Joe Public United beat Cape Town’s principal hope this year for the accolade, King James Group, by a narrow margin. It’s also broken O&M Cape Town’s three-year winning streak since the poll began to grab top spot.
Joe Public United Africa logoNew business gained in 2015 included De Beers, John Hopkins, Population Services International, Unilever and Iliadin. Its current client list includes Nedbank, Jet, Clover, Steers and Mercedes-Benz Commercial. Full time staff stands at 163. Revenue (not billings) stands at between R100–R150m.
Earlier this week Gareth Leck, Joe Public Group CEO, was named a runner-up in the category of most-admired agency boss in SA.

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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.