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Beach volleyball tournament crowns grand slam champions

Beach volleyball tournament crowns grand slam champions

An unprecedented 28 teams participated last weekend in the Interpack mixed beach volleyball grand slam at the DTS Beach Arena in Windhoek. Not only were they competing for the grand slam title, they were also playing for the N$7500 prize money divided between the three categories.
In the Youth Mixed competition, Emma Engel and Nino Leicher came out tops with Diane von Ludwiger and Christof Serrer in second place.

The Mixed 4-a-side category saw 4 teams battle it out, in a round-robin with the top two teams playing a final and the bottom two playing for 3rd/4th place. In a very closely contested group stage, Unstoppables and Spikepower came out on top leaving Phoenix and Spikoholics to play for 3rd place.

The Mixed Social competition was also played in round robin format with 9 teams, split into two groups. Undefeated Lean Dankemeyer and Nikolai Gilck eventually won this category.

The Mixed Experienced category saw 9 teams playing through sun and rain to find the best 2-a-side mixed team.

Group A saw Kristin Schulz and Fabian Pfeifer win all their games and finish top and Rosi Hennes and Heiko Prior coming second.

In Group B last year’s champions Carmen Curschmann and Jan-Eric Sack went through the group stages winning all their games, but with 3 out of the 4 games needed to be decided by 3 sets. A similar trend also happened with Kim Seebach and Andriko von Ludwiger, they won 3 out of 4 matches and also 3 matches went to 3 sets.

The semi-finals saw the Kristin and Fabian trade beach volleyball blows in an amazing demonstration of defensive skills. Another 3 set match saw Kim and Andriko win to advance to the final and Kristin and Fabian go into the 3rd/4th place match. In the second semi-final Rosi and Heiko played against 2016 Champs Carmen and Jan-Eric. Only 2 sets were needed to split the two teams and the more consistent service of the Rosi and Heiko saw them take the win and advance into the final.

The 3rd place match was a really exciting match with Kristin and Fabian against Carmen and Jan-Eric. A great battle unfolded with Kristin and Fabian showing their growing international experience and closing out the game 2:0, 21:12 and 21:18, to take 3rd place.

The final started under the setting sun and dark clouds, the perfect backdrop, worthy of a final.
Very quickly Rosi and Heiko took a lead with good serve-receive and aggressive attacking options which Kim and Andriko were not able to keep up with, who always a few points behind. In the second set the same pattern unfolded and the confidence of Heiko grew and gave the opposition no way back into the match. Rosi and Heiko took the final 2:0, 21:13, 21:12 to take the title of Interpack Mixed Grand Slam Experienced Champions 2017, Heiko’s first tournament win, with likely many more to come.

In the picture are referee Bentje Mehnert, Nilkas Nolten, Lara Luesse, Niklas Gerber and the jump server is Marc-Andre Witte. (Photograph by Timeout Beach Volleyball Academy)

The tournament was sponsored by Interpack as main sponsor and Red Bull with refreshments.

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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.