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New study to investigate the level of nutrition among San women and infants

New study to investigate the level of nutrition among San women and infants

The convenor of the Namibia Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Hon Nahas Angula co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this week with the Chief Executive of the National Commission for Research, Science and Technology, to support the alliance with a comparative study of nutritional adequacy in the Bushmen communities.

The science commission has pledged to support the alliance with a grant of N$100,000 and with conducting the survey to determine the nutrition status of San infants in Omaheke, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa.

The nutrition alliance, NAFIN, is a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder, non-profit association striving to promote good nutrition, especially among children below the age of five.

Recently, the alliance received disturbing reports of acute malnutrition among the children of a San community near Drimiopsis north of Gobabis. This prompted the alliance to approach the science commission for support to undertake a study whether San communities show high or low instances of malnutrition compared to other indigenous groups.

The survey will be carried out in collaboration with relevant ministries and regional authorities over a one and a half year period. The goal is to cover significant sections of the target communities within the given time frame.

The survey will cover issues such as the attendance of ante-natal clinics by pregnant San women, the prevalence of anaemia among expecting mothers; the weight at birth of San babies; supplementary feeding for San babies; the housing and sanitation situation; the de-worming of San children; infant mortality in San communities and maternal health.

The science commission said it will provide resources through the Research, Science and Technology Fund for co-funding of planned collaboration; manage the research and development grant and provide technical assistance were possible to the alliance.

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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.