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Measurement standards an accelerator for the transport industry

Measurement standards an accelerator for the transport industry

This coming Saturday, 20 May, the Namibia Standards Institutes (NSI) celebrates with the international community the World Metrology Day, aptly themed “measurements for transport.”

The theme, spokesperson for the Standards Institute, Juanita Eises, said signifies the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention treaty in 1875 which provides the basis for a coherent measurement system worldwide.

Namibia, through its Standards Institute will participate in the activities of the Metre Convention through its Associate Membership of the General Conference of Weights and Measures after the NSI signed the International Committee of Weights and Measures, Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM–MRA) in October 2012.

The NSI is also a corresponding member of the International Organization on Legal Metrology (OIML) with effect from 2012. The theme chosen for 2017, Eises said, is because transport plays such a key role in the modern world.

“Business and citizens around the world depend on access to safe and reliable transport. It is one of the factors that is most important in enabling a successful modern society” she said, noting how the need for new and improved means of transport is clear.

“It is also important that they meet increasing requirements for economic and environmental performance so that every type of transport, from bicycles to container ships, from cars to space craft, are required to meet appropriate standards” she added.

Standards are needed as the basis for national and international regulation to specify requirements for every aspect of performance from safety and economy, to emissions. The implementation of standards depends on measurement technology and measurement standards.

Some of the most demanding work on standards is done by national metrology institutes which includes the accurate and rapid weighing of shipping containers to ensure the safe loading of container ships; and valid measurements of the chemical composition of vehicle emissions to support regulators and city authorities in controlling pollution levels.

In the transport sector , the NSI regulates measurements of quantities for fuels and oils. Specific instrumentation is also utilised to ensure the integrity of measurements on which maritime safety depends. This regulation, implemented by the International Maritime Organisation, requires that shipping containers are weighed accurately to improve the safety of container ships.

Eiseb said the NSI also plays a critical role in the area of road safety through ensuring the accuracy and compliance of measuring instruments used in law enforcement which includes speed measuring devices (speed cameras) and the evidential breath analysers.

“As the demand for accessible, efficient and safe transport increases, so will the demand for dependable measurements standards. Some of these demands will ultimately be met by new technologies such as driverless cars and zero-emission vehicles, which in turn will generate new measurement challenges” she concluded.

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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.