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Walk/Run event to promote healthy lifestyles set for Saturday

Walk/Run event to promote healthy lifestyles set for Saturday

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Namibia will host a Walk/Run for Health on Saturday at the Daan Viljoen police checkpoint.

The event to  celebrate World Health Day, which took place earlier this month, as well as the 71st Anniversary of the WHO, will be held in collaboration with Windhoek City Runners and is expected to attract over 200 participants.

Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses, WHO Representative to Namibia, expressed his excitement for WHO Namibia’s first Walk/Run event to be hosted for public and stakeholder wide participation.

“On Saturday we will embark on a Walk/Run for one of the most important aspects of our lives, our health! This initiative draws attention to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), – one of WHO’s goals, which is for all people to have access to the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, – health promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care when and where they need them, without financial hardship .

He underscored that health is a human right, and the global community has agreed, “through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specifically SDG 3 ‘Good Health and Well-Being’, that everyone should have the information and services they need to take care of their own health and the health of their families.”

Sagoe-Moses further highlighted the importance of primary health care being the first point of entry to the health system, allowing individuals, families and communities to receive most of their health care as close as possible to where they live and work.

“At the heart of it, primary health care is about caring for people and helping them to improve their health or maintain their wellbeing, rather than just treating a single disease or condition,” he said.

The Walk/Run for Health is open to the public and partners from various sectors.

“We encourage everyone to take a proactive approach toward their personal health by participating in the walk and joining us alongside the Government of the Republic of Namibia and our partners to become a more physically active nation, focused on health and well-being,” Sagoe-Moses concluded.


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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.