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Rössing receives acid tankers

TransNamib handed over 15 acid tankers to Rössing Uranium this week, as part of a project which involved revamping the tankers in order to comply with international standards.
Twenty one tankers were given to the parastatal earlier this year in order to be revamped in line with local and international quality and safety standards.
According to Charles Funda, chief operations officer of TransNamib, it was decided last year that the tankers’ condition had become substandard.
Mpho Mothoa, Rössing’s chief operating officer, Derek Klazen, mayor of Walvis Bay; Hans Karon, chief: Delivery Service, Western Region, TransNamib and Charles Funda, chief operations officer at TransNamib, at the hand over of the acid tankers. (Photograph contributed)The upgrade project cost about N$8 million. The six remaining tankers are undergoing inspection before they are handed back to the mine.
Rössing uses the tankers to transport sulphuric acid from the Walvis Bay port for its ore processing. The mine is the largest user of sulphuric acid in the country and on any given day, between 24 and 36 acid rail tankers are taken to Rössing’s mine site.
“When we talk about importing sulphuric acid, transportation of acid and the use of acid in our processing plant, safety is our number one concern. I can assure you that between all the role players in the transportation of our sulphuric acid, adequate emergency plans are in place to absolutely minimise the impact in the event of spillage,” said Mpho Mothoa, chief operating officer at Rössing Uranium.
He added that although a couple of incidents occurred over the years, TransNamib and Rössing have been quick to handle the situation and no people have been injured and no damage was done to the environment over the past 35 years since the company started its operations.
“The acid storage tanks at the Port and at the Rössing mine site are well engineered designs, capable for the safe storage of the acid,” Mothoa said.
In November last year, an acid tanker derailed, however, no acid was spilled.

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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.