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Miss Expat Czech Republic, Namibian-born Paulina Nakashole at the the Playhouse Theatre. Paulina says she wants to make a difference in the lives of suffering children.

Miss Expat Czech Republic, Namibian-born Paulina Nakashole at the the Playhouse Theatre. Paulina says she wants to make a difference in the lives of suffering children.

A stunningly beautiful Namibian studying overseas is turning her beauty title into a vehicle to help vulnerable children. Last month saw the first ever Windhoek Charity Fashion Show hosted at the Playhouse Theatre. The glamorous event is the initiative of Namibian-born model, Paulina Nakashole, a Bachelors degree student in International Economics in Prague as well as Miss Expat Czech Republic.
25-year old Nakashole hails from Omungwelume, a small village 30km from Oshakati and completed her matric at the Oshigambo High School.
She said that she left the country in order to complete her Bachelors degree after only a year at UNAM. For the year 2011-2012, the beauty icon scooped the title of Miss Expat Czech Republic and said that  she wants to use her title to make a difference in a child’s life. “I felt like I should use my title to help the kids from my own country and I wanted to raise money for an orphanage and children’s home because I believe that each one deserves a home and a decent meal.”

Nakashole said she chose Orlindi Place of Safety in Katutura to benefit from this initiative and that although the show was not as successful as intended in terms of fund raising, it did serve its purpose which was to create awareness of charitable matters. From the proceeds a small contribution was generated which went to Orlindi, “giving back a little something to the community” in Paulina’s words. “The charity show was successful, only because it went according to how I planned it. His Excellency, President Pohamba shared a thoughtful message in his speech that will make a difference in most of the lives of the youth. The models remembered the choreography well and they did a great job.  The local artists who agreed to perform included artist of the year Mushe, multi-award winning artist Tunnakie, Dixon, Exit, Satlam, Smokey, Vanity, Taliban, and 2Ko na Koxa. They all gave terrific performances.”
She said that the attendance was not how she expected it to be and that although 600 people confirmed their attendance on Facebook for the show, very few pitched up at the event. “But my aim was to make a difference in somebody’s life, even if it was only for one Namibian child. I have achieved my aim regardless of the attendance set-back as I am just a student and there’s only that much that one can do.”
Paulina said that she would like to encourage Miss Namibia pageant winners and other pageant winners as well as public figures to get involved in charity projects to help the orphaned and vulnerable children as these very kids are the country’s greatest asset.
She said that she intends to make the Windhoek Charity Fashion Show an annual event, “I do however hope that next year I will at least get sponsors, unlike this year,” concluded Nakashole.


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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.