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The annual Spring cleaning ritual

The annual Spring cleaning ritual

By Elso Holding clean-crew

In September we know it is coming, the annual Spring clean. People are very house-proud and will ensure their home is normally spotless.

However, Spring-cleaning takes it to a whole new level. A frantic cleaning, polishing, washing and general dust-off, of everything that is in the house. Mum and dad get a maniacal glint in their eyes, and absolutely every object, every curtain and every room, nook and cranny gets a turn, even the dog if it does not move in time.

Whether it is with the vacuum clean, furniture polisher, bleach, window cleaner or all-purpose cleaner. Everything starts to sparkle and smell and feel fresh as September rolls around.

But, why do people do this to themselves. Most people clean the house all year round, every week in fact, so what is the need for an almost industrial or hospital level of cleaning of the homestead?

The roots to spring cleaning are deep and go back centuries. Its almost embedded in our DNA as humans, we simply can’t ignore the Spring-clean, we’ve been conditioned.

Religious traditions and beliefs play a strong role in the advent of what is now called Spring cleaning and although the Southern Hemisphere experiences Spring at another time of year, we still follow the tradition.

In Jewish custom, spring cleaning is and was linked to Passover in March or April, marking the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt. Before the start of the holiday, a general cleaning takes place in order to remove any yeast bread, or chametz, from the home. Egyptian slaves were fed unleavened bread, which the Jews later adopted as a symbol of their survival. Therefore, having any leaven or bread made with yeast, even crumbs, in the house is considered ungrateful and were to be banished. Which is where the thorough cleaning came into its own.

In Christian custom, the Catholics clean the church altar the day before Good Friday, also normally around March or April. Whereas in Iran the holiday Nowruz, or Persian New Year, coincides with the first day of Spring. The 13-day celebration traditionally involves cleaning (or shaking the house), buying new clothes, and spending time with family and friends. Spring cleaning is definitely a worldwide occurrence.

The time has long gone when it was just Mum running around cleaning, dusting and mopping. The whole family gets involved whether they like it or not. Cleaning apparatus and equipment has become more sophisticated over the years and the cleaning products more effective, less abrasive and smell better.

These days after the cleaning, the house no longer smells like a disinfected hospital ward and effective tools mean that Spring cleaning is now a one or two day job, instead of a week long cleaning nightmare. After the Spring clean is finished the family can put up their feet.

Start enjoying Spring weather and a job well done. Resting easy in the knowledge that their annual urge to clean the house is a centuries old tradition and certainly one to uphold.

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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.