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First Cholera case confirmed in Windhoek

First Cholera case confirmed in Windhoek

The Ministry of Health and Social Services on Wednesday confirmed the first case of cholera in Windhoek.

According to the ministry, a 10-year-old schoolboy from Oshitenda Location was admitted to a hospital on 25 January after falling sick at school with diarrhea (rice watery stools), vomiting and dehydration.

The patient was admitted at Windhoek Central Hospital that same day and according to further reports two other boys in his class were also vomiting and had diarrhea.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that the two boys including the patient shared a sausage from home and started vomiting and having diarrhea few hours later and all were taken to hospitals by their parents suspecting food poisoning.

On 29 January the results of the 10 year old came back positive with vibrio cholerae isolated and according to the ministry it should be noted that one confirmed case of cholera constitutes an outbreak.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Petronella Masabane, in a statement said that the rapid response team that included the Regional MIS, District Surveillance Officer, two Environmental Health practitioners and one FELTLEP residence visited the house of the confirmed case to carry out an investigation.

“The 10 year old boy is discharged and well and no other case has been reported so far and so far health education has been given to the affected household, while further investigation is ongoing” she added.

She said that the other cases confirmed at the school that presented with the same symptoms are also being monitored and surveillance has been strengthened and facilities have been alerted to be on the look out for cholera cases.

Meanwhile, the Ministry Ministry said health education has been given to the affected household, while further investigation is ongoing. The other cases at school that presented with the same symptoms are also being monitored and surveillance has been strengthened, while health workers at facilities have been alerted to be on the lookout for cholera cases.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by Vibrio Cholerae sero-groups 01 or 0139. It is transmitted oro-faecally, that is through eating or drinking contaminated food or water and is characterized by profuse watery diarrhea with or without vomiting.


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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.