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Who will win the 2013 Africa Nations trophy?

Many football fans all over the world, especially in Africa, have been talking about which country will be crowned the king of African football at this year’s Orange Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The country will be the centre of the world’s attention this Saturday (19 January), as the country hosts the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony and the tournament’s first match between host nation, South Africa and Cape Verde at the National Stadium in Johannesburg.
For the next 23 days, the focus of the world will turn to Africa as the continent’s best soccer players battle for the glistening golden trophy.
It is expected that more than one billion soccer fans worldwide will follow the games live throughout the tournament.
Before the tournament begins, let me point out that the qualifying games have made it hard to predict which country will win the trophy as the top and underdogs on the African continent  have improved their game.
Defending champions, Chipolopolo of Zambia are among the favourites as they will not want to surrender their title without a fight. Star-studded side Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria are also tipped as favourites to win the Africa Nations trophy this year.
The Elephants of Ivory Coast will be counting on the wealth of experience of their ageing senior players to win the trophy this time having learnt from last year’s disappointing loss to Zambia in the final. One time champion, Ivory Coast have also won two silver medals and a fourth place position in the previous editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
I believe this year’s finals presents the country’s ageing stars with a realistic opportunity to live up to the FIFA ranking as Africa’s first-strongest football nation. The Elephants won their only title 20 years ago in Senegal.
Ghana, a team that has won the trophy four times, has a generation of players that can win the trophy after finishing third, second and fourth respectively at the last three editions of the tournament.
Ghana, with the bulk of their present players, reached the quarter-finals when South Africa hosted the first ever FIFA World Cup in Africa in 2010.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are determined to win their third trophy after they surprisingly failed to qualify for last year’s competition in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.