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Violent, intimidating police action threatens human rights and democracy – ACTION Coalition

Violent, intimidating police action threatens human rights and democracy –  ACTION Coalition

The ACTION Coalition is deeply concerned by the violent and intimidating actions employed by Police to disperse demonstrating students on Wednesday, 8 August. The students were protesting the non-payment of tertiary education fees by the Namibia students financial assistance fund (NSFAF).

The conduct of the Police contingent on the day does not speak well of the level of professionalism in the force and its preparedness to deal with protests and demonstrations.

We wish to remind the Namibian Police and all government authorities that Namibians have a constitutional right to gather. They also have the right to express themselves. The actions of the Namibian Police on 8 August 2018, constitute a clear and present threat to the exercising of those rights.

Thus, the ACTION Coalition herewith condemns the Police resorting to violence and physical intimidation – so reminiscent of the way apartheid security forces used to deal with anti-apartheid demonstrations – of the demonstrating students, who by all accounts were peaceful throughout.

Secondly, and equally concerning, the ACTION Coalition wishes to draw attention to the issue of a trend emerging of Namibian Police responding especially overly aggressively in protest situations aimed at state and ruling party functionaries and facilities.

It is in light of this that we call on the Police force to resist and desist from resorting to unnecessary violence and physical intimidation, or its version or understanding of “minimum force”.


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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.