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StArt Art Gallery to showcase “Being Here”

StArt Art Gallery to showcase “Being Here”

The StArt Art Gallery will showcase a group exhibition titled, “Being Here” on 9 November at 18:00 at their gallery at the Wolfshack which will be on display until 1 December.

The exhibition will include sculptures, paintings, textiles, performance and mixed media and brings together six different artists’ voices expressed through a divers range of media and methodology. Being Here is made up of artworks which explore in their own way the complexities of creating and reflection on identity.

It will showcase the works of Fillipus Sheehama, Barbara Bohlke, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, Lynette Diergaardt, Ismael Shivute and Elisia Nghidishange. The artwork on this exhibition titled ‘SIES/CIS Doly Potgieter and Other National Trashisms’ is an interdisciplinary experiment reflecting on violent cultures and the cleansing thereof.

The summary of the artist who are going to be involved in the exhibition is as follows:

Fillipus Sheehama is a mixed media artist and has participated in many group exhibitions locally and intentional and has also had several solo exhibitions in Namibia. His artworks are often constructed using recycled and found materials and use these to explore issues relating to social and economic inequalities.

Barbara Bohlke is well know for her large-scale painterly works while she is often inspired by the expansive landscapes and skies of Namibia. For this exhibition she has work with ash, charcoal, white acrylic as well as otjize pigment and yellow ochres which are found in Kaoko.

Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is a performer and writer and continues to produce his musical and performance based works. His practice and researches interested in movement formation.

Lynette Diergaardt’s dedication to the technologies of textile production has led her to begin a highly collaborative project which sees the artist examining Namibian identity through the lens of multiple subjects. The resultant abstract prints on this exhibition form just the beginning of a project that will grow and expand with time.

Ismael Shivute’s mixed media artworks are inspired by his environment, often working with found or recycled material drawn from the area in which he lives.

Elisia Nghidishange is a printmaker, sculptor and mixed media artist and her work explores relationships between the pursuit of wealth and the place of tradition in a contemporary and cosmopolitan society, and between gender and tradition in this context.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.