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Born in Etosha

Jan Tsumib, trustee of the Xoms /Omis Project and Ute Dieckmann, author of the book ‘Born in Etosha - living and learning in the wild’ during the launching of the book.

Jan Tsumib, trustee of the Xoms /Omis Project and Ute Dieckmann, author of the book ‘Born in Etosha – living and learning in the wild’ during the launching of the book.

living and learning in the wild

A book about the indigenous tribes living in Etosha was recently launched by the Legal Assistance Centre in collaboration with the Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA). The book is produced by the Xoms /Omis Project.
The author of the book, titled “Born in Etosha – living and learning in the wild,” Ute Dieckmann, says that the book is written for the Hai//om children who live on farms outside Etosha and in rest camps in Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. “The aim of this publication is to provide these children with some insight into how Hai//om children grew up in Etosha in the past and how their own experiences compare with those of their ancestors,” said Ute.
She added that the book also aims to preserve the knowledge and culture of the Hai//om people and will hopefully be used by future generations. She said the book is not only for Hai//om children but also to benefit other children from different backgrounds to provide a process of self-assessment and comparison. The book will be distributed to schools around Etosha and will be sold in bookshops across the country.

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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.