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Respected land campaigner laid to rest

Respected land campaigner laid to rest

Pioneer campaigner for the landless, Maria Sululu Isaaks was finally laid to rest last weekend at Farm Versailles, after a last ditch intervention by H.E President Hage Geingob ordering that her bereaved family should be allowed to bury her at that farm.
Isaaks was the first person to be buried at the farm after it was proclaimed a resettlement land.
She was one of the founders of the //Naosan /Aes (Fire of the Ancestors), a group of over 300 families, mainly from /Khomas and Omaheke regions, who have been fighting to be resettled since 2009.
The death of Issaks, prompted the community to seek audience with the Office of the President and the Ministry of Land Reform seeking clarification. President Geingob, last week intervened and directed that the burial take place as planned at Farm Versalles as per the wish of the deceased.
The last-minute change in decision avoided a potential confrontation with the police, who were on standby to stop the burial.
Ironically, history repeated itself when the deceased, who was born at Ongombo east, was imprisoned with her family members when she could not bury her late mother at that farm and eventually formed the //Gaosa /Aes group.
Scores of mourners, including the Deputy Minister of Land Reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, Khomas Regional Governor’s Special Advisor, Hon. Sibeya Mwashikele, Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paul Kisting, former Deputy Home Affairs Minister, Dr. Elias Kaiyamo, and now an Ambassador, Jafet Isaaks and community members attended the funeral.
Although the atmosphere was subdued, the ceremony resembled a celebration of a life well lived and, according to everyone who knew her, Maria Isaaks affectionately known among the community as “Ausie Sulex” fully dedicated her life to the landless and early childhood education in Namibia.
Deputy Minister Swartbooi described her as a pioneer land campaigner, a born leader and a woman of vision. He said the whole community gathered with heavy hearts because she had been influential in the fight for land.
The outspoken deputy minister described the late Isaaks as, “A touch and uncompromising and straight to the point. She took charge of history. The community were in great pain after losing one of their respected beloved. I hope that you will continue the work of this remarkable woman.”
“Isaaks was a pioneer. Pioneers are people who cry tears at night and show the bravest of faces during the day. That was Ousie Sululu,” he said.
He added that Isaaks has been a dedicated pioneer of the landless and that the Land Policy had undergone a positive metamorphosis because of her.
He further promised that the Ministry would engage the Versailles Community Committee on the touchy differences between the //Naosan /Aes and Stinwater groupings resettled at the farm that hampers development.
“We owe this to Isaaks. Here lays the greatest advocate of the landless. In fact, she is probably the first advocate of the landless in post independent Namibia,” he said amidst an applause from the mourners.”
“The loss of the great, irreplaceable Maria Isaaks will be felt in our hearts forever,” Deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Paul Kisting said in his sermon.
“As a community leader, Isaaks never said no to a needy cause. She gave generously of her time, her talents and her resources to all who asked and volunteered to help countless others. Isaaks always had a smile for those in trouble and an ear to all who needed someone to understand their problems,” he added.

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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.