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Junior tennis players serve up some spectacular action at Sanlam’s first tourney

Junior tennis players serve up some spectacular action at Sanlam’s first tourney

The maiden Sanlam Junior Tennis Tournament for the year which took place over the weekend managed to attract different players from all over the country as the number of entries exceeded expectations.

In the boys under 18 category, George Louw and Daneel van der Walt drew the attention to their fast and action packed final as both boys aged 14 years possess a lot of international experience.

Van der Walt beat Louw in Swakopmund 4 weeks ago and gave his utmost to defend his title.

In the build up to the final, Van der Walt won in the semi-final against Sarel Janse van Rensburg 6-2 and 6-2, while Louw overcame Dian Calitz in his semi-final with 6-2 and 6-4.

In their final match, Louw and Van der Walt played excellent tennis at times, showing a variety of strokes and performed accurate services.

With the score at 1 set each, they had to play a super tiebreak (First to 10 points). George Louw immediately took the lead by making less mistakes and keeping up the pressure. He triumphed over Van der Walt with 6-2, 3-6 and 10-4.

In the boys u/12 section 16 players came to show their mettle in four round robin groups whereby the first 2 positions in each group were promoted to the Quaterfinals. Fitness and determination played a crucial role as the top players had to play up to 5 matches to reach the finals. Several matches were very close and the outcome was determined by tiebreaks.

Abraham Alemu and Brian Edwards did very well and came second in their respective groups. Alemu beat Arnaud Marais 6-3, 3-6 and 10-5 in the quarter final round but had to bend the knee in the semi-final against the favourite, Ruben Yssel, who eventually took gold in the u/12 boys division.

Xavier Klazen from Outjo played very well but was beaten in a close game in the quarters by Ruan Calitz 7-5, 3-6 and 11-9 who eventually took silver in their division. Calitz then took on Liam Forster in the semi-final which resulted in a nail-biting battle. Forster had 3 match points in the make or break super tiebreak 9-5 before Calitz kept his cool and won with 11-9. Ruben Yssel beat Calitz in the final 7-5 and 6-4 to finally win the well-deserved gold medal.

The boys u/14 Division was comfortably won by Adam Diggle. His biggest opponent was Oliver Leicher in the final whom he beat 6-4 and 6-4. The girls u/14 Division was dominated by Raica Coelho who only lost 3 games in her 6 match quest to conquer gold. In the girls u/16 Division Lisa Yssel copied her brother Ruben in the U/12 division by winning without losing a match. Ayanda Basson in the girls U/10 division whitewashed her opponent, Minenhle Moyo from Swakopmund in the finals by winning 8 games to zero.

The Girls u/12 division was dominated by Hayley Kidd from Swakopmund who only gave 2 games away in her quest for gold.

Speaking at the prize giving, Sanlam Marketing and Communications Manager, Hilaria Graig, said, Sanlam is committed to making a meaningful contribution in the communities it operates.

“As a responsible corporate citizen, Sanlam understands that in order for our young people to excel and chase their dreams, corporates likes Sanlam are needed to support their initiatives,” she added.

Meanwhile, Graig was pleased with the record number of players who turned up for the junior tennis tournament which Sanlam has been sponsoring for the past seven years.


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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.