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Ntara at Musese inaugurates three new classrooms for 116 primary learners

Ntara at Musese inaugurates three new classrooms for 116 primary learners

Unveiling the plaque to mark the official opening of the new block of classrooms at Ntara Combined School at Musese in the Kavango West region, were the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Hon Ester Nghipondoka, and the Ambassador of Japan, HE Hideaki Harada, representing the donor.

The new classrooms were inaugurated last week at a ceremony on the school’s premises. This social investment of just over N$900,000 brings the total donor-spend by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to almost N$45 million for 61 projects over a 22-year period. Ntara is the 36th Namibian school benefitting from grants by the Government of Japan.

Ntara Combined School, founded in 1935, today accommodates 680 learners served by 23 teachers.

As the number of school-going children increased, the old facilities became inadequate, forcing many learners to attend school in makeshift classrooms put together with corrugated zink. This situation was detrimental to the children’s education since the summer heat in the Kavango becomes extreme when a large group occupies a metal structure.

In stepped the Japanese Government with a grant under its Grassroots Human Security Projects to construct three proper bricks and mortar classrooms and a store room. The grant included 60 desks and chairs.

The new classrooms are now used for 81 Grade 4 and 35 Grade 5 learners.

Immediately after the opening ceremony, a Japanese volunteer science and maths teacher, Gosuke Sakai San, presented a demo-lesson to mark the first formal instruction in a new classroom.

The JICA Volunteer Programme forms part of Japan’s multi-pronged approach to development in education which couples capacity building and human resource development with infrastructure improvement with the intent to maximise the quality of education.


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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.