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Afrobarometer kicks off in Namibia

Afrobarometer kicks off in Namibia

The research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues, Afrobarometer, kicked off this November in Namibia, spearheaded by the Institute for Public Policy and Research (IPPR).

Being a pan-African, non-partisan research network, the Afrobarometer conducts face-to- face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.

About 1200 randomly selected individuals of voting age across Namibia will be interviewed as part of this public opinion survey that measures the attitudes of Namibian citizens on a range of socio-political and economic topics, including some questions developed specifically for the Namibian context.

Through the network’s findings, ordinary citizens can have a voice in policy-making processes that affect their lives. The Afrobarometer has been in existence since 1999, when it fielded its first round of surveys in 12 countries. Currently, the project is implementing the 7th round of surveys in more than 30 countries, which includes Namibia.

IPPR will begin sharing survey results and analysis in January 2018.

The Core Partners of the Afrobarometer include the Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa (IJR), the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Nairobi in Kenya and the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IREEP) in Benin, who provide oversight for countries in their regions.

The network also receives additional technical support from Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).



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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.