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All-female crew makes history piloting an Airbus A330 from Windhoek to Frankfurt and back

All-female crew makes history piloting an Airbus A330 from Windhoek to Frankfurt and back

“Women in general, face various challenges due to stereotypes that suppress and obstruct their potential, which in the end may result in setback to effective growth in the industry,” said the acting Managing Director at Air Namibia, Advocate Mandi Samson when she congratulated Captain Cornelia Hahn and her crew for setting a new record in the airline’s history.

Captain Hahn, assisted by First Officers Carol Hein and Eunice de Groot, piloted the Air Namibia flight to Frankfurt on Friday 14 December with nine other cabin crew members, all female ensuring. The aircraft was the airline’s flagship Airbus A330-200 and the flight booked a 64% passenger load factor.

After returning to Windhoek on Monday with an 84% load factor, Capt Hahn said this was one of her greatest achievements in the twenty years that she has been flying. “I am honoured to have been part of the historical operation for the national airline and Namibia. It makes me proud, and I hope this encourages young people, especially young women who dream of becoming pilots.”

Capt Hahn is Air Namibia’s first female pilot certified for long-haul operation.

“This historical operation on Air Namibia’s biggest aircraft proves that the aviation sector can accommodate all genders. The battle for a more gender inclusive world is the responsibility of every industry,” Adv Samson continued.

The airline stated that this flight encourages young girls to see beyond traditional female roles and to utilise their own skills to play an important part in their country’s economic development.

“I feel it’s been my duty since I joined Air Namibia to invite young and vibrant females to join the aviation industry. It has been proven time and again that women can effectively execute jobs that are traditionally male-dominated. At Air Namibia, we have made positive strides in all sectors of our business, to reach equal gender representation. We hope this milestone encourages more women to join the aviation industry,” concluded Adv Samson.


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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.