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Cancer Association selected as one of the 2019 Country Champions

Cancer Association selected as one of the 2019 Country Champions

The Cancer Association of Namibia has been selected as a 2019 Country Champion by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC).

The aim of the UICC Country Champions programme is to select global leader organisations in cancer, to network with international peers and help shape effective national advocacy campaigns which call for improved, equitable access to services globally.

Chief Executive Officer of the UICC, Carry Adams said of the more than 100 organisations from whom they received expressions of interest, the Cancer Association of Namibia will join 16 other organisations from every region of the world as 2019 Country Champions committed to engaging with their government to call for improved, equitable access to cancer services, focused on fur key pillars, which are data, early detection, treatment and supportive and palliative care.

“Globally, we have committed to reducing premature mortality from cancer and non-communicable diseases by 25% in 2025, and the work of these Country Champion organistions will contribute to the real impact we want to see, therefore there is no time to waste in translating global commitments into national actions,” explained Adams.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Association said he is incredibly proud of this achievement and the entire community deserve the honours thereof.

“As a collective community of hope, moving to impact lives, we have been recognised by the global community for what we do, we are willing to do, and now pledge to do even more to shape the future positively,” he added.

The association has confirmed that as part of the national activation of ‘Treatment for All’, Country Champions will receive guidance and targeted, technical support to enable them to unite with national-level civil society in their country, jointly identify key advocacy priorities in line with the global ‘Treatment for All’ advocacy campaign, and work collaboratively with government toward addressing inequities in their contexts and countries.

Meanwhile the Union of International Cancer Control will through a toolkit and online course, both of which will become available in March, help the countries to work together to build an effective national Treatment for All advocacy campaign to be submitted ahead of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit on 14-16 October in Kazakhstan.

Therefore as a Country Champion, Hansen will also attend a ‘Treatment for All’ workshop at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and lobby the global community for investment into screening drives to help earlier detect cancer in the SADC Region.


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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.