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Sesriem clinic treats all the sick

The staff of the Mayte Emergency Medical Center at Sesriem provides a comprehensive health service to the community.

The staff of the Mayte Emergency Medical Center at Sesriem provides a comprehensive health service to the community.

The emergency response unit based at Sesriem and financed by the Mayte Hernandez Foundation for the purpose of assisting crash victims, is doubling as a community clinic for the few inhabitants of this remote corner of the Hardap Region. In a statement released earlier this week, the MVA Fund said community members had to travel long distance for medical assistance. “The nearest clinic from Sesriem is in Maltahöhe which is 170km away.” Access to quality health care and emergency medical response for road crash survivors remain a high priority for the MVA Fund to minimise loss of life during medical emergencies. The Mayte Emergency Medical Center, a 10-bed, full-service health centre was constructed at a cost of N$6 million in memory of the late Mayte Hernandez, a Spanish national who died after a fatal road crash near Sesriem in 2010. A lack of an emergency medical service at Sesriem was partly to blame for her death. Her fiancée, Charles Hayoz, who survived the crash established the Mayte Hernandez Foundation and entered into an agreement with the MVA Fund to engage in a broad public education approach for crash and injury prevention and to establish an emergency medical response centre to serve the medical needs of Sesriem and surrounding district.
Hayoz invested N$10 million over five years in the project of which N$900,000 is allocated to the publishing and distribution of 100,000 copies of road safety brochures. The brochure are printed in five languages, French, English, Spanish, Italian and German to inform self-driving tourists of local driving conditions. On its part, the MVA Fund committed N$4 million to the project for five years.
“Having a medical centre in our community is a relief considering the distance we used to travel for medical care. People used to suffer a great deal and even die due to lack of medical services. I have been to the center myself a few times. If we did not have this centre in this area people would have  suffered more, says Esmeralda Rooinasie, Sesriem resident. Launched in November 2011, the centre is now in full operation and is manned by a registered nurse and three Basic Life Support personnel and two Emergency Care Technicians. They were  trained through the MVA Fund’s bursary scheme.
Since its launch the centre has responded to 84 medical emergencies ranging from road crash injuries to insect bites, allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. The nurse, Immanuel Kalumbu, says the Mayte EMRS Center is a hive of activity throughout the month. On average, the center treats 20 patients per month, and emergencies are responded to with an average response time of 40 minutes in a 150km radius.

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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.