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Meatco continues to conduct hygiene micro-organism tests at lab

Meatco continues to conduct hygiene micro-organism tests at lab

Meatco’s laboratory aims to guarantee outstanding quality at all times to ensure the expected standards and regulations of the end product are met, according to Meatco’s Laboratory Manager, Kalihulu Shapwa

Shapwa said a significant number of micro-organisms also known as indicator-organisms – are frequently tested at Meatco due to the important role they play in assuring that the micro criteria of food products or water are met. This also indicates the quantity of bacteria present in a certain product.

“Indicator organisms are organisms or a group of organisms whose number in a product reflect the success or failure of the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) or Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) systems. On the other hand, index organisms establish the possible occurrence of pathogenic organisms in food products. For example the presence of the E. coli reflects the possible existence of Salmonella in a meat product,” she said.

According to her, three indicator organisms tested for at the Meatco lab are Enterobacteriaceae, Coliform and E. coli. Here’s why food processing plants analyse for indicator organisms: To determine product shelf life; to meet client specifications such as that of South Africa, Finlar food and Famous Brands, to mention a few; to determine food quality; for public health purposes; and to put consumers at ease.

Furthermore she said for Meatco to continue satisfying clients’ specifications depending on the number of organisms that should be present in the meat products, it is important to conduct laboratory tests on a daily basis. This excludes tests for Enterobacteriaceae, since this is mainly tested during shelf-life studies and with Wholesale products.

“By conducting these tests in-house, the laboratory saves the company money (by reducing testing, transportation and packaging costs) and time by immediately notifying operations of any positive result so that the necessary corrective measures can be implemented before products are released to our customers,” Meatco said.

Caption: Meatco’s Laboratory Manager, Kalihulu Shapwa



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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.