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Exhibition focusing on mining in Africa set for National Art Gallery

Exhibition focusing on mining in Africa set for National Art Gallery

By Natasha Jacha

The National Art Gallery of Namibia will host a solo exhibition, ‘TERRA’ by South African artist, Jeannette Unite. The exhibition will be officially open on 19 July and will run until 6 September.

According to a statement this week, the exhibition has been shown in museums and university art galleries in Germany, United Kingdom, USA, Europe, China and Uzbekistan.

The exhibition mainly focuses on mining in Africa and was produced in response to extensive range of mining and industrial sites in Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Southern Africa.

“It examines the paradox of plenty and corporate constructs around mineral companies tax and legal aspects of mineral rights and the impact on socio-political subjects,” the statement read.

The artist has travelled through more than thirty countries accumulating an extensive personal archive of images and material from the mining industry. This includes early geological historical maps and texts that were created during the Industrial Revolution to guide mining the coal that fuelled the engines that drove modernity.

Unite’s work has focused on the mining industry, resource depletion in Africa and the economic and sociological conditions impacted her large-scale drawings of mining headgear and industrial complexes are executed with chalks and pastels that the artist makes herself, making use of minerals that she gets from mines as waste by-products after the extraction of ore.

Unite is at pains to embed a fundamental critique of the way mining has shattered lives, displaced communities and wreaked havoc on the environment.

The artist is a very active researcher both in archives for source material from which to draw and on the ground in mines themselves and the communities that provide labour for their operation.

She explores the impact and relations between power and earth through the mechanisms, both technical and social of our modern world that are so inextricably linked to mining.

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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.