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Five medical students equipped with tablets preloaded with the application versions of the world’s best-selling medical textbook

Five medical students equipped with tablets preloaded with the application versions of the world’s best-selling medical textbook

By Natasha Jacha.

Mandela Washington Fellow, Wilfried Mbamba, handed over tablets to five medical students studying at the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s School of Medicine at the Hage Geingob Campus, last week.

UNAM’s Hage Geingob Student Representative Council vice-president, Richard Eiaseb said the selection of the recipients was not an easy task since a great need for study-aids exists among students.

According to him the UNAM’s Reach One Serve One welfare foundation was of help in searching for the senior students with the greatest need for electronic study devices were identified to receive the tablets.

Eiaseb said that, these tablets loaded with the application versions of the world’s best-selling medical textbook: the Merck Manual Professional Edition and the Merck Manual Consumer Edition arrived just in time as students are preparing for exams.

“These tablets should not be used as tech devises for day-to-day activities, but rather used to the maximum of your ability for educational purposes. The apps and documents loaded are intended to assist the students with their studies,”said Eiaseb.

Wilfried Mbamba is one of 700 young African leaders that recently visited the United States of America during this year’s Mandela Washington Fellowship program.

During his stay he volunteered at Books for Africa’s warehouse, where he and other African Fellows helped to sort books according to their relevant age group before being shipped to Africa. He and the other volunteering Fellows were each given tablets to donate to an institute of their choosing in their own countries.

The Books for Africa, is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, sorting, shipping, and distributing books to children and adults in Africa. It is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 28 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.

In 2012 Books for Africa shipped 2.2 million books valued at US$28.3 million to 22 African countries, with an additional 616 computers and 15 brand new law libraries.

Caption: The recipient students in white (one in absentia) show their new tablets donated by Books for Africa. In the front second from left is 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow, Wilfried Mbamba, and second from right is Vice-President of the UNAM Hage Geingob Student Representative Council, Richard Eiaseb. Photo: U.S. Embassy 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.