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Ondangwa emerges clean as new grass

Ondangwa emerges clean as new grass

More than a dozen organisations pooled their manpower last week Friday to clean Ondangwa up from end to end. The annual cleanup campaign, steered by the Ondangwa Town Council, has been running since 2001.
About 1500 people turned up voluntarily to assist in cleaning up the town, which includes representatives from the business sector, non-governmental organizations, government and residents of Ondangwa. The collected waste was processed by the Recycle Namibia Forum who reported that the latest campaign was again a roaring success.
The volunteers included employees of the Ondangwa Town Council; members of the Namibia Defence Force, members of Correctional Services, Cosdec Training Centre, Oshikoto Regional Education, Kayec Trust, Lenyfas College of Andragogy, local schools and Ondangwa residents. Cleansing Officer, Environmental Health Department at the Ondangwa Town Council, Loide Shiimi said “We are always excited about this annual initiative which causes a clean and well preserved environment, which is likely to attract investors and visitors alike. A dirty environment leads to health risks, and with the ever-increasing use of technology and industries flourishing, the amount of pollution in our environment is increasing at a rapid pace.”
This is the second consecutive year that the Recycle Forum Namibia and its members, the O&L Group and its subsidiaries – Namibia Breweries Limited and Pick n Pay, drove and supported the campaign. Coca Cola Namibia and Plastic Packaging also joined the collaborative effort.
Recycle Forum Coordinator, Anita Witt said“The Ondangwa Clean-up campaign is possibly the largest clean-up campaign in Namibia with an impressive showcase of an entire community at work, and doing so with great spirit and enthusiasm. The involvement and support of schools, the local business sector and others make this a stand-out initiative.”
“We are confident that this clean-up campaign has the potential to be a leader in contributing to recyclables collected, thus minimizing the volumes sent to the local dumpsite. The Recycle Forum is honoured to be involved with the Ondangwa Clean-Up campaign. We would like to thank the Town Council and all the people of Ondangwa, and urge them to continue with this great initiative, and for inviting us to become involved as well” she continued.
The Mayor of Ondangwa, His Worship, Cllr. Paavo Amwele stressed the value initiatives such as the clean-up campaign add to the future of the town. “Ondangwa has massive growth potential, but we can only achieve that when the residents, as well as business sector work together with the town council to keep the town clean and attractive to further unlocking investments to Ondangwa” he stated.
During the prize-giving ceremony, organizations were recognized for their efforts to keep the town clean, while those who made an effort to implement the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) received special awards. “The efforts of the Town Council and others involved in the campaign are indeed appreciated, with a local resident confirming that ‘there is a marked improvement in the cleanliness of our town, compared to previous years’” Witt concluded.

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Freeman Ngulu

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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.