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Huge demand for counselling in Rehoboth on Law Society’s free legal advice day

Huge demand for counselling in Rehoboth on Law Society’s free legal advice day

A small cohort of lawyers ascended on Rehoboth last Friday to help residents with legal issues as part of the Law Society of Namibia’s annual programme of free legal advice days in various places across the country.

The Rehoboth free legal advice day followed a day after the members of the Law Society who are practising lawyers in the southern regions, convened at Lake Oanob for their annual circle meeting.

These lawyers bolstered the numbers of those from the Law Society council and the Office of the Ombudsman, to assist 121 Rehoboth residents seeking specific advice on matters ranging from labour issues and domestic violence, to wills and estates, and divorce and maintenance.

The proceedings at the Hermanus van Wyk Memorial Hall were officially opened by Hon Lorraine Christ, the Councillor for the Rehoboth Urban West Constituency.

The Law Society said the free legal advice days form part of its activities to make legal services available to people who struggle to afford the services of an attorney.

Since the free legal advice days were introduced in 2014, lawyers and staff from the Office of the Ombudsman have been instrumental in reaching out to local residents of many towns.

The third free legal advice day for this year is scheduled for Friday 15 June in Oshakati. This event also follows the Law Society members’ Far North Circle meeting on Thursday 14 June.

Captured at the Law Society South Circle meeting at Lake Oanob: Seated from the left, Jozanne Klazen, Ivy Pretorius of the Law Society, Appolos Shimakeleni, a Law Society Councillor and Josefina Nekongo. Standing, from the left, Henry van Zyl, Wilhelm Liebenberg, Winnie Christians, Laverne Christians, Stacey Bock, a Law Society Councillor, Vilinchia van Wyk, Bernadine Mynhardt and Jo-mari Koekemoer, also from the Law Society.



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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.