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Kalimbeza Rice targets 350 tonnes

This cropping season the Kalimbeza national rice project is targeting to plant 150 hectares and expects a yield of more than 350 metric tonnes, according to Kalimbeza Rice farm manager, Patrick Kompeli.
During the first planting season in April 2015, the project planted 76ha including the fields for small scale farmers and from that land 120 metric tonnes were harvested.
Kompeli said that the possibility is high for Namibia to supply the whole nation countrywide, as research has already shown that rice can be grown successfully in the Caprivi and the Traditional Authority has already availed enough land for the project to expand.
He said the rice which is now available for commercial sale, has seen locals and the Chinese in the country place orders.
“We received orders of more than 1 ton from the Chinese who prefer to eat paddy rice instead of parboiled rice, and so far retailer, Spar and the Ministry of Defence has shown interest in buying our rice,” he added.
A manager of a local restaurant confirmed that most of her clientele is now accustomed to the Kalimbeza rice which she said offers a different taste for the consumers, which has led her to order up to 10 tons of the locally produced rice.
Kompeli said the challenges that have been hampering the rice project are receiving attention and are being addressed.
“We are trying to get herbicides for the weeds, that will help to eradicate the sedge in the field, and for the nursery equipment we are in the processing of procuring some through the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) South to South Cooperation programme” he added.
The first Namibian-grown, processed and packaged rice, under the Kalimbeza Rice label, entered commercial trading last year and was launched at a ceremony at the Polytechnic Hotel School by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa.

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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.