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Better communication and awareness programmes required in the battle against cancer

Better communication and awareness programmes required in the battle against cancer

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) together with the Namibia National Cancer Registry (NNCR) which CAN administrates and funds this week said that with reviewed data, there is need for stronger cancer communication and treatment efforts especially in the North, given an average of 28% of the recorded national cancer burden is derived from this area alone.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of CAN said that the statistics further show that the Erongo Region with an average of 200 out of 3700 nationwide cases per annum needs support, while the Zambezi Region which shows continuous high cervical and HIV related cancer cases also requires attention.

“We live in an era where when addressing high school students more than 90% are sexually active by the final year of school and when we address mothers in school uniform they are not aware of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), their HIV status or have gone for a Pat test since being sexually active or post child birth,” explained Hansen.

Hansen said that the HPV epidemic is reaching an all time high in Namibia, education on sexual activity and how HPV and HIV has an influence on cancer diagnosis is also communicated by CAN.

According to the Association the best way to create awareness and educate people on cancer is through the National Cancer Outreach Programme where local schools, clinics and communities are addressed by the outreach teams during the visits.

“The visits aim to build capacity with local committees and volunteers in order to drive local communication campaigns that can run throughout the year,” he added.

Meanwhile the 2016 registry indicates that more than 3700 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the country. The 2016 and 2017 registries are currently still being populated due to slow influx of data.

Hansen said that even though cancer is not a reportable disease in the country, CAN is confident that the Namibia National Cancer Control Plan presented to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, once passed this year, will assist in the battle against cancer.

Caption: Hon. Juliet Kavetuna, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services (standing), Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of CAN (left) assisting with the men’s health clinic at the Gondwana Damara Mopane Lodge outreach in the Khorixas area.


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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.