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Building material supplier to purchase bricks from Ohorongo BuildIT initiative

Building material supplier to purchase bricks from Ohorongo BuildIT initiative

Pending adherence to quality control measures, Buildit this week committed to purchase bricks, manufactured from the Ohorongo Buildit Brickmaking Academy, to create a permanent offset area for the products.

The Brickmaking Academy which started nearly a year ago, is the contribution towards the war against poverty by the partnership between Ohorongo Cement and one of its customers, the Buildit group.

This week a group of 17 people from the Erongo Region benefited from the free brickmaking skills training offered by the Ohorongo Buildit Brickmaking Academy. The Governor of Erongo Region, Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua praised the companies for their efforts in addressing the national concerns of employment creation and poverty eradication.

“This small-scale knowledge is in line with our national development goals of Vision 2030, which calls for rapid economic growth to be accompanied by equitable social development, such as employment generation, which in return could fulfil the basic needs of low-income groups,” said the Governor.

“In Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, we deployed two brickmaking machines, they are idling, occupy those first,” the Governor encouraged trainees. Hon Mutjavikua pledged his office’s further support to the trainees in their efforts.

Meanwhile, the four hour training entailed both theoretical and practical guidance in the production of quality bricks, as well as on quality assurance mechanisms and the maintenance and caretaking of brick moulds and other equipment.

Supervision of the training session in Swakopmund was done by Ohorongo Cement’s Marketing Manager, Carina Sowden. She told that trainees that the dream is to have a brickmaker in every village and that in order for their businesses to flourish, it would require their full commitment.

“You are the masters of your own destinies, as well as those of fellow Namibians. For you to ensure that your business ventures are run in a sustainable manner, you must continuously ensure that you use the best quality products to ensure the best outcome. Input determines output,” she said.

Beyond the training, Ohorongo Technical Team, together with a support team from Buildit stores, will continue to provide technical assistance and advice to the trainees to ensure sustainability and support.

“I have learned new skills today,” said Piet Hoabeb from Daures constituency. “I now know how to look out for the right type of sand, that I must use drinkable water, mixing ratios of the sand and cement needs to be right, and which type of Ohorongo cement is the best for the application of brickmaking,” he boasted.

He currently has 6 people assisting him with his brickmaking project, which only started 8 months ago. Piet is determined to use his new skills to teach others and to grow his business further.

To date over 100 people from the Oshikoto-, Oshana-, Omusati-, Khomas-, Otjozondjupa- and Ohangwena regions has thus far received the brickmaking training free of charge through the Academy.

Trainees are nominated through the offices of the Regional Governors with the only requirement of being conversant in English. The next training session will take place in March for Kavango East- and –West.

Ohorongo Cement / Buildit are not qualified training institutions and cannot accredit any individual after training has been done. Training is done solely in support of Harambee, transfer of skills, knowledge and job creation in order to empower people on community level.



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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.