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Vehicle sales slowdown to continue into 2017 – Experts

Vehicle sales slowdown to continue into 2017 – Experts

With oil prices expected to be between US$50 and US$60 in 2017, Simonis Storm financial services expects the overall vehicle sales to be under pressure.

According to SSS, the fuel hiking cycle is already in force and running as the Ministry of Mines and Energy increases petrol and diesel prices by 20 and 30 cents per litre in January 2017.

Transport inflation is likely to affect the purchases of both new and second hand vehicles into 2017,” they added.

The view from SSS came following this week’s announcement of local new vehicle sales statistics for the month of December 2016 by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).

According to the statistics total new vehicle sales stood at 16 598 units, which is down 22.8% in comparison to 19 661 units recorded during the same period in2015.

Total vehicle sales contracted by 19.1% month on month in December 2016, after a recorded recovery of 13.8% recorded in November 2016. The decline in new vehicle sales can be attributed to an increase in all vehicle categories but Buses remained constant.

According to NAAMSA on an annual basis, Light Commercial, Passenger, and Heavy Commercial Vehicles continued to contract by 32.2%, 28.3% and 85.7%, respectively. Furthermore, Medium Commercial and Extra Heavy Commercial Vehicles also fell victim to a negative annual growth by 28.0% and 25.0% in December 2016 after recording positive increases of 25.0% and 34.5%, respectively in November 2016.

The suggested aggregate value of new vehicle sales stood at N$429.5 million during December 2016 compared to N$537.2 million recorded in the prior month. The value of new vehicle sales during the month under review declined by 20.0% monthly and by 25.6% yearly, NAAMSA added.

Meanwhile, IJG Reasearch said 2016 was not a particularly good year for new vehicles as December numbers brought the year to a disappointing close.

The slowdown was driven by two main factors. Firstly, the reduction in government spending had a direct and indirect effect on the demand for new vehicles. Both direct orders from government and the weaker economic environment have reduced the demand for capital goods,” IJG reported

Secondly, higher interest rates and amendments to the Credit Agreement Act (which requires a deposit of 10% on all vehicle loans and limits repayment periods to 54 months) have reduced the availability of credit used to purchase these capital goods,” they added.

IJG expects the slowdown to continue into 2017 and lower government spending on capital expenditure should also put pressure on vehicle sales for the foreseeable future.

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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.