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4th year UNAM student to fly country’s flag high in China

4th year UNAM student to fly country’s flag high in China

The Confucius Institute at the University of Namibia (UNAM) this week held the 18th Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition for college students.

The annual Chinese language and culture proficiency competition this year saw 10 students take part in the country leg. The competition was split in three categories namely; free speeches, question and answer segment as well as the talent show.

At the event, 4th year student at UNAM’s Hifekunye Pohamba Campus, in the North, Hileni Eelu managed to shrug of fierce competition to be crowned the winner.

The winner will represent the country at the finals in China later in the year.

The Confucius Institute Director, Fan Zhang said Eelu performed above the rest. “She has very good pronunciation and good performance. I am looking forward her performance this year at the competitions,” he added.

Speaking at the event, UNAM’s Pro- Vice Chancellor Dr Ellen Namhila, said the competition is of importance since the relationship between China and Namibia is growing in “leaps and bounds”.

More and more students are learning the Chinese culture and language through the exchange program which is vital for our economic, cultural, education ties and growth, she added.

Meanwhile, UNAM’s Confucius Institute this year enrolled more that 700 students setting a new record.

Caption: One of the ten participants at this year’s the 18th Chinese-Bridge Proficiency Competition sing her favourite Chinese song.


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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.