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Sanlam raises funds for cancer

Sanlam Namibia raised funds for people suffering from cancer through its annual golf challenge. (Photograph contributed)Sanlam Namibia recently handed over N$187 931 to the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) through its annual Sanlam Cancer Golf Challenge tournament. The tournament aims to raise funds for cancer patients.
On 10 September, Windhoek Country Club hosted the final of the annual Sanlam Cancer Challenge, the format of which was an individual. Sanlam Namibia was part of the national competition in which the golfing community did its part in helping the Cancer Association of Namibia fight the disease.
According to Wessel Kotze, Sanlam’s tournament coordinator for Namibia, all players paid an entry fee of N$60 with proceeds going directly towards cancer research.
The Sanlam Namibia Cancer Golf Challenge is held on golf courses countrywide and raises money for the fight against cancer, attracting more than 40 000 golfers annually both in Namibia and South Africa.
“Serious diseases such as cancer usually strike without any warning, and it is exactly at times such as these that you will need extra cash. Sanlam is available to help you in this regard in order to make the burden of the Cancer Association much lighter,” Kotze said.
The winners in the final also took part in the Cancer Challenge final which was held from 23 to 26 October at Sun City in South Africa.

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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.