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City of Windhoek continues to accelerate efforts to end AIDS by 2020

City of Windhoek continues to accelerate efforts to end AIDS by 2020

The City of Windhoek will host the 2017 World AIDS Day Commemoration on Wednesday 6 December at the Sam Nujoma Stadium from 08:00 to 12:00 and will be commemorated under the global theme “Right to Health”.

The City will mainly focus on men’s engagement in relation to access to health services, which will contribute to the global and national efforts to explore different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people.

Entertainment will be provided by the voluntary medical male circumcision(VMMC) Ambassadors, The Dogg, OYO and One Blood and there will also be a soccer match aimed at emphasising the role of the youth in “Kicking to Zero”, new HIV/AIDS infections.

The event will also commence with a street procession from the corner of Clemence Kapuuo and Siegfried Tjimesa Street at 09:00, proceeding along Clemence Kapuuo, Sukkot and Troas Street towards the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The City of Windhoek as the local authority pride themselves as being the leading role player in social development and contributing in improving the living standard of the city’s residents and they aspire to be trendsetters amongst local authorities in addressing public health issues and the fight against HIV and AIDS.

The City in partership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has been collaborating with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), and Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in accelerating efforts aimed at ending AIDS by 2020 to ensure a HIV free generation.


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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

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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.