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U.S. Embassy continues to support the government in enhancing emergency management capabilities

U.S. Embassy continues to support the government in enhancing emergency management capabilities

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek facilitated a visit last week by instructors and experts from the U.S. Forest Service and Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service.

Over 25 personnel from the Windhoek Emergency Management Division participated in the specialty training over a period of five days. This is the third such workshop in Namibia; the first was held in Windhoek in August 2016.

The training course focused on the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

ICS has been proven through 40 years of use in the United States and several other parts of the world to be an effective and economical means to bring order to chaos during disaster operations and emergency response.

U.S. Forest Service lead instructor, Tim Murphy, who facilitated the training said, “It has been a rewarding experience for the U.S. Forest Service instructors to work with such a cadre of Namibian professionals who are so dedicated to protecting the citizens of Windhoek.” The station officer for training at the Windhoek Fire Department, Immanuel Tsowaseb , stated, “It was a pleasure and an honor to have worked with our colleagues from the United States and South Africa on this training initiative. Since the relationship has started, we have already instituted many aspects of the ICS training into our emergency response capabilities to ensure the safety of all Namibians.”

The U.S. Embassy continues to support the Government of Namibia in enhancing their emergency management capabilities and has been a willing partner in these operations with the City of Windhoek.

Caption: Members of the Windhoek Emergency Management Division and U.S. Forest Service Instructors prepare to test their equipment before the final exercise.

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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.