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Cancer Association CEO off to Paris

Cancer Association CEO off to Paris

The vibrant Chief Executive of the Cancer Association of Namibia, Mr Rolf Hansen departs this weekend for Paris, France. He has been invited to attend the 2016 World Cancer Congress which runs next week from Monday to Thursday.
Hansen has been selected to participate in a Master Class in National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) development by the Union for International Cancer Control while attending the congress.
This week the Cancer Association announced it is assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the development of a draft national cancer control plan. This will be a first for Namibia.
“It is a proud and exciting moment for Namibia’s medical history, when the Cancer Association and the ministry can take hands with international partners to develop policies, procedures and guidelines that will pave the way for better, more comprehensive and patient-orientated cancer planning, control and support. We applaud the ministry and its staff for this inspiring new journey undertaken,” said Hansen.
Sessions that will be attended by the Cancer Association CEO include talks on Cancer Control Planning and Implementation, hosted by the National Cancer Institute of the USA and International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP); Championing the fight against cervical cancer in the developing world, hosted by the American Cancer Society (ACS); Implementing best practices for cancer control in Africa, hosted by the UICC Switzerland and the African Organisation for Research & Training in Cancer (AORTIC).
At the same congress, the link between HIV/AIDS and Cancer will be discussed during a session hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency Programme.
The psychosocial impact of cancer has recently received great attention by Cancer Association of Namibia through the formation of the Circle of Hope programme and its newly established Family Support Centre. The issue of psychological support for cancer patients and afflicted families will be reinforced when Hansen takes part in the session titled “Integrating the psychosocial domain into cancer care – improving patient and family experiences”, presented and hosted by the International Psycho-Oncology Society (USA).
“I am confident that the invaluable knowledge gained and networking possibilities available will assist us in taking further steps to our vision as Association and cancer fighting community to ensure every Namibian is made aware and educated on cancer, has access to screening and detection; and to ensure adequate cancer care and support is available to our people,” said Hansen before his departure.

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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.