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Elderly community receives a new ‘set of wheels’ courtesy of Imago Dei

Elderly community receives a new ‘set of wheels’ courtesy of Imago Dei

The management committee of Namibia Christian Woman Aid Society (NCWAS) in Khomasdal recently received a brand-new Toyota Quantum Minibus from Imago Dei.

The society registered as a beneficiary of Imago Dei in 2014, with a sole purpose to source a donor to purchase a vehicle, which is fundamental to their operations.

Since then, Imago Dei has embarked on sourcing donors and funding for a vehicle and a few years later, it was able to assist the society through a combined effort of sponsors who made Imago Dei’s most significant benefaction to a project yet, possible.

Sponsors include: The charity organization in Holland (GZB), Christiaan Hess from the Namibian company, Holzbau Carpentry Hess; Capricorn Investment Group Limited, who generously provided their brand and communications services; The Dutch Reformed Church Eros; Pupkewitz Toyota

Christo Horn, who acted in his private capacity; Arnold Groenewald, the representative of All Signs and Graphix, donated the branding on the minibus, including the labour.

Meanwhile, the objectives of the Namibia Christian Woman Aid Society is the facilitation and increased awareness and involvement of the broader community of Namibia, to address the problems of the elderly in the central area of Windhoek.

Their activities include emotional support, medical check-ups, monthly home visits to 250 elderly individuals, provision of food parcels and creating occasions for the mature to socialise and interact with one another.

“The problem is that donors often lack control. How can a donor be assured that his donation makes a difference to the lives of beneficiaries, given the fact that he may be from overseas or a local private company charged to capacity by its daily business?” said Dr. Reverend Fourie van den Berg, founder and vice chairman of Imago Dei.

According to Van den Berg, the gap between rich and poor in Namibia continues to grow, leaving poverty and ruin in its wake. To address the socio-economic challenges in communities successfully requires strategic, comprehensive and innovative thinking.

“Imago Dei, a registered non-profit welfare organisation, acts as a third-party service provider and is modelling the future of aid coordination. Through accomplishing governance standards in associated welfare projects, they offer a transparent, easy and secure way for patrons and companies to contribute towards the alleviation of poverty. Their approach is both simple and powerful: Imago Dei establishes a relationship of trust between donors and welfare organisations, acting as a bridge between the community of means and the community of needs. Their core function is to manage the corporate social responsibility of businesses, by making a social investment through uplifting the poor and needy on behalf of said businesses,” Van den Berg concluded.



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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.