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Brave Warriors win over Botswana a boost to their 2018 CHAN campaign

Brave Warriors win over Botswana a boost to their 2018 CHAN campaign

The Brave Warriors over the weekend trounced Botswana’s Zebras in an international friendly match played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

A brace from Peter Shalulile and a goal by Roger Katjiteo propelled the Brave Warriors to a well-deserved 3-1 win.

Prior to the game, the Brave warriors coach, Ricardo Mannetti had indicated that the game was set to test his charges in preparations for the 2018 CHAN finals set for January next year.

The Brave Warriors will now wait and see who they will play in November as coach Ricardo Mannetti revealed that there will possible be two international friendlies for the team next month.

According to the Brave Warriors, captain Ronald Ketjijere the game was necessary in their preparation tactics. “As you know of our situation at home, it was a good run for us. No football going on and for us it’s about getting the momentum going with more game time and training in preparations for the upcoming tournament in January”.

Ketjijere on the football associations website also identified some areas of concern for the team such as lose of concentration at crucial time of the game, something they will need to work on.

Despite the win, it was important for us to identify issues such as wrong passes and lapses of concentration and therefore these games can help us make things right and hopefully we get more games and try to perfect our game and go for the CHAN finals and try to do our best as well,” said Ketjijere.

The 2018 African Nations Championship will be the 5th edition of the finals, a biennial football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) exclusively featuring players from the respective national championships. It is scheduled to take place between 12 January and 4 February 2018 with a new host to be announced this month, after CAF striped Kenya off the hosting rights due to lack of progress with preparations. Ethiopia, Morocco and Equatorial Guinea are contesting hosting the finals.

DR Congo are the defending champions but failed to qualify for the first time ever after losing to Congo on away goals rule.

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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.