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The Northern-based Oshana wheelchair team(green shirts) defeated the Khomas squad(yellow shirts) with a score of 28-8 during a 40 minute game earlier this month. The match was held during the two-day National Disability Day commemoration by the National Disability Council of Namibia under the slogan “Nothing about us, without us.” (Photograph Yvonne Amukwaya)

The Northern-based Oshana wheelchair team(green shirts) defeated the Khomas squad(yellow shirts) with a score of 28-8 during a 40 minute game earlier this month. The match was held during the two-day National Disability Day commemoration by the National Disability Council of Namibia under the slogan “Nothing about us, without us.” (Photograph Yvonne Amukwaya)

Earlier this month, disabled basketball players competed in the annual National Disability Day at the Khomasdal Stadium. The well-attended event brought together people from all corners of the country living with disabilities to celebrate the day under the slogan “Nothing about us, without us.”
Organised by the National Disability Council, the event showed the world that they are fully capable.
People living with disability came from as far as the Oshana Region to participate in the event which started in the early morning hours and went throughout the day and the next day.
After a heartwarming opening remark by the council’s management and the Member of Parliament and NDCN chairperson, Alexia Ncube, the event gave people living with disability the platform to entertain the crowd with live singing and dance performances. Thereafter spectators witnessed the true agility of disabled athletes as two very able basketball teams battled it out on the court.
The visiting Oshana wheelchair basketball team defeated the Khomas wheelchair basketball team in a friendly match . The team from the North ended the match as victors.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.