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Woman footballer: more than just a player

Soccer Women’s National Team winger, Mary “Drogba” Jacobs.

Soccer Women’s National Team winger, Mary “Drogba” Jacobs.

Born Mary Jacobs, a Women’s National team player and Okahandja Beauties club member is popularly known as “Drogba”, one of the few Namibian women who has made a mark in the Namibian women’s football scene.
23-year old Jacobs confessed that her journey has not been an easy one. For the first three years that she started playing football, she was on the boys team as there were no women’s teams at that point in time.
After officially beginning to play soccer in 1999, Jacobs first joined the Donatus School Otjiwarongo boys team before she moved to Okahandja. “I played with the boys on their team and that hard foundation has helped me accumulate and build on my soccer skills.”
Upon arrival at JG van der Wath Secondary School, Jacobs said there was also no female team.  “Once again I joined the boys team up until 2004 when Jackie Gertze, currently the head of the NFA Women’s Desk started her own female team. At that time she was a teacher at the Okahandja Secondary School.”
In 2005, the Women’s Football League started,  “And this is where my football took off as Gertze approached me to play for the Okahandja Beauties and until today I am still signed up under the first club I kicked off with.”
She said that her first break-through game took place in 2005 when the national U/19 team played against Botswana. “I feel that I have made great strides in women’s football but one of my greatest achievements club level-wise lies with my team, the Okahandja Beauties for being the League Champions from 2005 until 2011 in a row,” said a proud Jacobs.
Jacobs said that the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia games have brought her a lot of exposure in terms of expertise and experience. She scored the only and final goal in July this year in a heated match between Namibia and Botswana.
She also took part in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations games in Zambia in 2006 where the Namibian National team took second place after playing finals against South Africa.
Since Namibia is set to host the African Cup of Nations in 2014, Jacobs, a final year UNAM student said she hopes her team walks away with a gold medal.
This year, the Womens League was won by the JS Academy and the Okahandja Beauties for the first time since 2005 took second place.

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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.