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See Deeper Exhibition: Rivetting sketches of women and animals

See Deeper Exhibition: Rivetting sketches of women and animals

The Omba Gallery this week opened its doors to its latest art exhibition, titled ‘See Deeper’ by Richard-Lee Shoombee and students. The exhibition runs until 17 July 2016 and showcases an array of rivetting paintings of women portraits and wildlife in mixed media art and sketches.
The exhibition was opened this week by Hans Leu, supervisor of the Arts Performance Centres (APC) in Namibia, a school of the arts in Tsumeb. See Deeper has been inspired by Shoombee’s interest in observing what others do, their culture and behaviour, as well as his general impression of life and even the weather, which oozes into his works of art. The paintings are mainly in blue and earthy tones and in a variety of mediums.
If one saunters into the gallery, one’s eye is captured by paintings of indigenous San, Himba and Damara women adorning the walls with their exotic features captured on acrylic paint canvases with shades of browns. Some of the works are done in soft pencil sketches.
Other unique works are the different shades of blue used to paint animals. The subtle application of blue conveys a deep sense of melancholy.
Shoombe said “Blue stands for everything that is passing away, blue stands for water, for air and for wind.” One of the signature blue paintings is titled “Revenge”, Shoombe uses a dark midnight blue and a somewhat darker shade of indigo to create a spacey picture of lions facing the starlit sky.
The exhibition also showcases some satirical forms of art, as artists such as Hameya make use of mixed media to paint vivid illustrations of the divide between the rich and poor, using discarded materials and pictures of cars and houses cut out from magazines.
Shoombe took a keen interest in art from the age of twelve. He registered with APC Tsumeb in 2003 with Issa Indongo as his mentor and teacher. He taught himself all techniques, across all mediums and after qualifying, he became a visual arts educator. He now teaches children, the youth and adults at the PAC centre. He believes that in teaching children art, he is able to inspire hope and bring change to their lives. In 2012 he won the Shining Light Award in the Namibian Diamond Competition, organised by NamDeb and NDTC. He participated in group exhibitions with APC artists in 2010 – 2012.

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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.