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Namibia’s Rugby World Cup preparations commence

Namibia’s Rugby World Cup preparations commence

With just under six months to go to this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, the Namibian team is hard at work and are scheduled to play about 16 to 19 matches before the global showpiece, the rugby body said last week.

Namibia starts with the Cape Town Invitational Tournament where they face the U/20 teams from South Africa, Georgia and Argentina. This will be followed by the well awaited SuperSport Rugby Challenge which takes place between 27 April and 22 June 2019.

Zimbabwe for the first time will also be participating in the competition. The Welwitchias first match will take place in Windhoek against the Golden Lions XV on 27 April at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

Both form part of the pool which also includes the Blue Bulls XV, Griquas, Griffons, Leopards and Pumas.

In preparation for the Rugby World Cup the focus of the squad is all about preparing to be Tier 1 Test match ready by 22 September when Namibia play Italy in the opening of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“We have four key competition phases in order to get ready, these include the above-mentioned matches in Cape Town and SuperSport Rugby Challenge along with the Nations Cup in Uruguay during June followed by the African gold cup in July and then hopefully a home test series in August,” said Head Coach Phil Davies

“We have done an exhausting amount of analysis over the past year focusing on game statistics of when Tier 1 play Tier 2 countries over the past 12 months. All data gathered is being used to prepare the team in a way that will make us as competitive as possible come the World cup –  All the coaching staff have created a four-pillar system focused around the quarters of a match, for example First Quarter of the match Tier 2 teams on average concede around two scores when playing Tier 1 teams,” he added.

The preparation is aimed at building a game model and the principles that are based on physical, mental, technical and tactical performance, in order to improve performance. The preparation will be focused around controlling and building on each performance, that “you can’t control the results, but you can control your performance,” he said.

“The aim is to give the players a huge amount of confidence going to Japan knowing they are fit and organized to compete against some of the best teams in the world,” Phil Davies added.

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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.