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Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever claims one person

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever claims one person

A 37 year old man from Keetmanshoop District, succumbed to the Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) on Tuesday in Windhoek, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed the death after the patient who had been transferred to Windhoek Central Hospital Isolation unit on the 30 March tested positive for CCHF.

The Minister of Health and Social Services Dr. Bernard Haufiku said that in efforts to control the disease, the ministry has deployed a surveillance team in Keetmanshoop and are busy tracing contacts and a Rapid Response team has been dispatched to Keetmanhoop District as well as officials from the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever is spread through various methods which include tick bites, or handling ticks with bare hands, direct contact with infected animal blood and organs, including slaughter of animals with ticks attached as well as handling contaminated linen, bedding and direct physical contact with body fluids or blood of a person suffering/died from CCHF.

The ministry has since issued a warning to the public have been in contact with a person who has similar symptoms like sudden on-set of high fever, headache, Back/joint pain, dizziness, neck pain and stiffness as well as bleeding, bruising, or a rash or animals infested with ticks, or has had a tick bite to report to the nearest health facility.

Haufiku said that it should be noted that one confirmed case of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever constitutes an outbreak, according to World Health Organization guidelines.



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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.