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Airlink will now be flying to St Helena via Windhoek

Airlink will now be flying to St Helena via Windhoek

SA Airlink’s impending new commercial service between Johannesburg and St Helena will stop to refuel at Windhoek, according to a three-year contract signed on Friday between the airline and the St Helena Government (SHG), according to a report from tourismupdate website.

Airlink also aims to connect Cape Town to St Helena by co-ordinating its flight schedules at Windhoek, said SA Airlink CEO, Rodger Foster. “Airlink’s flights between Cape Town and Windhoek have been timed so that minimum connection times will be complied with for the onward connection to St Helena (and vice versa).”

The airline has applied for both stopover and Fifth Freedom rights from the Namibian Aeronautical Authority. “Both are available in terms of the respective bilateral air services agreements between Namibia and South Africa and Namibia and the UK,” said Foster.

The best scenario is that both are granted, as this would enable Airlink customers arriving from a co-ordinated Airlink flight from Cape Town to St Helena (and vice versa) to change aircraft (transfer in transit) in Windhoek (via stopover rights), and separately customers originating their travel in Windhoek or connecting from other airlines would be able to board the flight in Windhoek (Fifth Freedom rights).

A start date for the service will be announced once Airlink has received regulatory approval for the service from the South African Civil Aviation Authority and has conducted a route-proving flight to the island.

According to SHG, the initial weekly service from OR Tambo International Airport will operate on a Saturday, using an Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft in two-class configuration (business and economy). The flight time from Johannesburg to St Helena will be about six hours 15 minutes, including a half-hour stop in Windhoek.

Airlink will also operate a charter service on the second Saturday of each month between St Helena and Ascension Island.

SHG said information on the commencement date, ticket sales, cost of fares and sales distribution, including for Ascension Island, would be issued in due course.



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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.