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Health Ministry gets boost from Ohorongo Cement, German partners

Health Ministry gets boost from Ohorongo Cement, German partners

The Ministry of Health and Social Services received medical equipment to complement existing medical facilities, through the support of Ohorongo Cement and Support Ulm e.V.

Ohorongo Cement and Support Ulm e.V. continue to assist with the improvement of public health provision through sourcing medical equipment from partners in Germany.

The latest consignment of medical equipment was made possible through the German Armed Forces.

Through its corporate social responsibilities arm, the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust, the two partners donated, among others, surgical equipment and eye test kits valued in excess of N$ 1 million to the health ministry.

Esther Mbathera, a Trustee at Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust said they are happy to support the government where they can, especially in the health and education sector, because they can not afford to have an unproductive population as a result of poor health services and expect the economy to thrive.

“That is why we must all collectively contribute towards a well functioning health sector for our people,” she added.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Julieta Kavetuna, said the Ministry is not oblivious to the great efforts by Ohorongo and its partners, especially Support Ulm e.V, a German non-governmental and non-profit organisation.

“I know this is a long term commitment that you have made and you honoured it for the past ten years, which is an indication that Ohorongo Cement and Support Ulm e.V. care about the well being of our people, therefore we will forever by indebted to you for your efforts, especially to Prof Dr. Heinz Maier and his tea,” she added.

Kaventuna indicated that a large part of the donation from will be send to intermediate hospitals in the South of the country.

Other medical equipment that was donated includes thermometers, stethoscopes, weighing scales, blood pressure machines, glucometers, home ECG devices and hospital beds.

Meanwhile, a current agreement between the German Support Ulm e.V., Ohorongo and the health ministry provides seeks for opportunities and projects aimed at improving the public health infrastructure and service in the country, primarily through the provision of medical equipment.

Over the past ten years a donation of over 800 wheelchairs, 300 hospital beds, blood pressure machines, commodes, walking frames and other much needed equipment to the local health sector.


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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.