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Christians, Jews, Moslems and Baha’i look at what keeps a society together

Christians, Jews, Moslems and Baha’i look at what keeps a society together

A two-day national dialogue brought believers of four different faiths together on one platform this week to discuss those aspects of society believed to be most crucial for peaceful co-existence.

Organised by the Forum for the Future and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, participants had the opportunity to share insights from Judaism, Islam, Baha’i and Christianity. The meeting, styled as an inter-confessionial dialogue for adherents of the so-called Abrahamic faiths, took place in Windhoek.

“Regardless of their different faith traditions, people listen more attentively when a message is conveyed by a spiritual leader. Therefore, Namibian spiritual leaders have a responsibility to guide the nation on how the citizens should interact among themselves” the delegates said in a statement released after the dialogue.

As a contribution to strengthen mutual acceptance and harmony in Namibia, the Future Forum and the Konrad Adenhauer Foundation felt that it is important that representatives of these faiths share their ideas on their collective role in society. “It is the believe of both organisations that such coming-togethers will create an environment for Namibians to know more of each other’s faiths, will contribute to a respectful and tolerant commerce between the different faith communities and will therefore make them instruments of promoting respect, understanding and peace in the country” the organising partners stated.

The overall purpose of the meeting was to mutually discuss the question of “What keeps society together?” This builds on the humanist concept that individuals in any society are by nature good, that they share the same values and that they face the same social challenges.

About 50 people participated in the dialogue. A representative of each faith presented a formal paper on the theme “What keeps society together?” introducing the basic teachings of the respective faiths. The contributions also offered specific views on current social issues and the challenges of Namibian society. During break-away sessions, national issues were discussed to promote harmony and peace among all Namibians.

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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.