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Cancer Association to embark on ‘lavender walk’ to celebrate World Cancer Day 2019 – Public encouraged to tag along

Cancer Association to embark on ‘lavender walk’ to celebrate World Cancer Day 2019 – Public encouraged to tag along

To celebrate, World Cancer Day this year, the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) will host a ‘lavender walk’, next week on Monday, 4 February.

The walk slated for 08:00 will start at the Cancer Association offices all the way to Central Hospital, where fresh fruit will be donated to cancer patients.

At a media briefing this week, the association urged members to the attend the even as well as bring fresh fruit for the donations.

CAN Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Hansen invited everyone who can to come join them on Monday. Hansen said this time around the association is not looking for monetary hand-outs but require the peoples time so that they can come and interact with the CAN staff and patients.

“Come and enjoy the walk with us, engage with us, ask as any questions, plus we need volunteers who can give with their hearts, their efforts and their time,” he added.

According to Hansen said for the financial year 2017/2018, the association managed to finance, screen and provide accommodation for the patients, more than they had ever done in the history of the association.

“When we go in our outreach programmes we screen at least 140 t0 150 patients for free, because most people thing why should they pay N$50, to be told they have cancer,” he said.

This year the association turns 51 years since establishment and Hansen highlighted the importance of early detection, which he said is key intervention to save lives.

Furthermore Hansen said the association remains steadfast in their commitment towards the National Cancer Outreach Programme to reach all corners of the country to educate and screen people, break the stigma associated with this disease and try to save lives.


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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.