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Second phase of U.S supported programme to reduce sexual risk for adolescents and young people rolled-out in Tsumeb

Second phase of U.S supported programme to reduce sexual risk for adolescents and young people rolled-out in Tsumeb

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently supported the roll-out for the second phase of the Families Matter! programme in Tsumeb.

Families Matter! is an evidence-based training programme designed by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that promotes positive parenting practices and communication strategies.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to reduce sexual risk for adolescents and young people.

The programme training is part of the DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe) programme that is being implemented in Namibia through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief funding by USAID and CDC and with inter-ministerial collaboration.

DREAMS provides services that are tailor-made and youth-friendly to help adolescent girls and young women achieve their dreams by tackling challenges such as HIV infection, school drop-outs, social isolation, economic disadvantage and gender-based violence. In addition, the parenting-support program Families Matter! helps parents and caregivers to define and communicate their values and expectations about sexual behavior with the children they care for.

Twenty-six participants from USAID’s implementing partner Project Hope and the CDC implementing partner I-TECH from Oshikoto, Khomas and Zambezi regions were certified as Families Matter! facilitators at the training session held in January.

Parents from these regions who go through the seven-week programme, which will commence in February, will be better able to support their children through challenging times of their young lives.

The programme helps caregivers become aware of topics that are still not discussed in many families because they are considered taboo. The training provides guidance for positively handling tough topics around sexuality, HIV prevention, and violence. The continued implementation of Families Matter! will support girls and young women in Namibia to live a safe life without fear, to prosper and achieve their dreams.

Meanwhile according to the US embassy, between October 2018 and September 2019, an estimated 17,000 adolescent girls and young women are expected to access the full package of DREAMS services with an additional 26,000 receiving combination prevention services, and over 10,000 girls and young women with their families will receive services tailored for orphans and vulnerable children.


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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.