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Free legal advice comes to Windhoek – residents seek counselling on matters of law

Free legal advice comes to Windhoek – residents seek counselling on matters of law

Twenty five Windhoek residents, who otherwise would not have had recourse to justice, received free legal counselling earlier this month at another Free Legal Advice Day organised by the Law Society of Namibia in partnership with the Office of the Ombudsman. The event was held at the UN Plaza Community Hall in Katutura.

Present at the opening of the Free Legal Advice Day earlier this year in Gobabis, are from the left, Meyer van den Berg, the Law Society’s Chairperson, Ignatius Thudinyane, the Chief Executive of the Gobabis Municipality and Hendrik Mauyoma of the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Law Society said the free legal advice project is part of their objectives to make legal services more accessible to those members of the public who are not in a position to afford a formal lawyer. The project was started in 2014 and has proven to be immensely popular with the public, particularly in rural towns. Since its inception, the project has been actively supported by the Office of the Ombudsman.

The most common matters for which members of the public seek advice revolve around labour issues, domestic violence, inheritances, divorce and maintenance for underage children.

The previous days for this year were held in Otjiwarongo, Rehoboth, Ongwediva and Gobabis which also coincided with the Law Society’s circle meeting for lawyers practising in Gobabis.

This month’s Windhoek Free Legal Advice Day was the fifth so far this year, already matching the record number of days conducted last year.

The sixth and last Free Legal Advice Day for this year is scheduled for 28 September in Walvis Bay.


Attending to the legal needs of the public at the Windhoek Free Legal Advice Day, from the left, Appolos Shimakeleni, a Law Society Councillor, Ruben Sheehama, the City Councillor for Katutura East, George Trepper of the Khomas Regional Council, Eileen Rakow of the Office of the Ombudsman and Her Worship Tekla Nwanga, the Deputy Mayor of Windhoek.


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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.