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Women’s voice and contributions to play crucial part in the promotion of road safety

Women’s voice and contributions to play crucial part in the promotion of road safety

The Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) and the Automobile Association of Namibia (AA) partnered to host the First Women Road Safety Conference this week under the theme “Women Influences for Safer Roads.”

The conference also saw the subsequent establishment of the Women in Road Safety Network Namibia attracted close to 150 women from both the public and private sectors.

The event was aimed at promoting road safety awareness and education women in making road safety a priority in order to reduce the number of fatalities on the country’s roads.

Laura McLeod Katjirua, Governor of Khomas Region congratulated the two companies for hosting an event of such magnitude in the quest to empower women to be the voice of road safety whilst re-enforcing the concepts of co-dependence and shared responsibility in the fight against injury and death on the roads.

“This prestigious conference supports all ongoing road safety initiatives and brings in the human element by giving women the voice they need to stand up and fight for road safety and serves as a platform for the Namibian woman to raise her vice in support of safer roads by influencing policies and breaking existing status quos,” added Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, Chief Executive Officer of the MVA Fund.

Statistics from the Fund’s crash statistics continuously indicate the high risk faced by male vehicle occupants as drivers or passengers. Year-to-date crash statistics collated by the Fund as from 1 January until 28 October 2018 revealed that 2 891 males were injured in 3 042 crashes, while 317 succumbed to those crashes. This is a big number in comparison to their female counterparts who recorded 1 648 injuries and 122 fatalities during the same period.

Even though these figures paint a bleak picture, it is worth noting that the overall year-to-date statistics show a steady decrease in crashes (9%), injuries (18%) and fatalities (31%) as compared to the same period in 2017.

“These numbers are indicative of the fact that as a nation, we are making steady progress in reducing the number of crashes and resultant injuries and fatalities and I would like to attribute this positive trend to enhanced collaboration between road safety partners as well as the general public who seem to take the issue of road safety seriously and are willing to fight against death on our roads,” concluded Martins Hauskiku

The Minister of Transport and Works, John Mutorwa who was present at the event said the subsequent establishment of the Women in Road Safety Network will allow women to actively and positively influence society on road safety and safe driver behavior.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.