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A small shift in grammar will result in a large shift in perception

A small shift in grammar will result in a large shift in perception

By Logan Fransman

Every day we turn on the radio, read the newspapers and see posts on social media telling us that people have died, been maimed, injured or possibly had a lucky escape after a horrific car crash. When listening to people about car accidents in Namibia, I’ve been noticing a pattern. Apart from the fact no one seems to care about the carnage on the road. We merrily continue to drive in the same insane fashion that we have come to expect on our roads. We play down accidents, crashes and terrible pile-ups by talking about “bumping” our cars. Bumping cars is what you do in bumper-cars at the fairground. On the road we crash, with all the nasty implications that the word ‘crash’ brings with it.

As the Director of the Namibian German Centre for Logistics, every aspect of road usage is of interest to me. Logistics is affected by how the road-users use the road and with the carnage, which we see and deal with every day; it damages the logistics and transportation sector of Namibia as well as the Namibian economy. Road safety is always high on the agenda in the Transport & Logistics sector, especially at our workshops and seminars. It needs to be as there seems to be no change whatsoever in Namibian drivers’ mentality.

Getting back to the difference between a ‘bump’ and a ‘crash’, a bump sounds innocent, pleasant even. There’s nothing more fun that ‘bumping into a friend’ unexpectedly. No one unexpectedly ‘crashes’ into a friend or loved one and follows that story with…’and we had a great time.’ A ‘crash’ conjures up scenes of twisted metal, broken and bruised bones, or speaking from an economic perspective; a dire economic meltdown. None of which are good.

The sooner we start using ‘crash’ when describing road accidents, the sooner we will start changing our mentality. Getting a phone call from a loved-one telling you, they bumped their car does not make a person overly concerned. Someone ‘crashing their car’, is a different story. You assume the car is a write-off, injuries are involved and your level of concern and worries are much higher. This is a mind-shift that we need to make a reality in Namibia. It may sound drastic, but the sooner we start calling the horrific beast of road deaths and carnage by their proper names the sooner we may stop being so desensitized by car accidents and fatalities on our roads.

We really need to make a change if we want to bring down the number of road deaths, injuries and economic costs of car accidents. Let’s call it as we see it and call them ‘crashes’ and not bumps.


About The Author

Logan Fransman

The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) is an all-in-one excellence institute, combining education, research and consulting in logistics. It is an institute at The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The Centre is based on cooperation between The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Both institutions have gained an excellent reputation in the field of applied research, education delivery and economics. The project is part of the "African Excellence" initiative, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the "AktionAfrika" programme.

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.