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Breweries scoops international engineering award

Breweries scoops international engineering award

The Engineering Department of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) has recently received the award for “Best Operations Implementation” at the 27th Wonderware X-Change conference hosted by IS³ – Industry Software Solutions & Support at Sun City in March.

NBL Manager: Industrial Control Systems, André Engelbrecht, accompanied by NBL MES Specialist, Annemarie Kruger, and Renaldo du Pisani (NBL Team Leader: Electrical) attended the conference where the team was celebrated for their breakthrough initiative to saving electricity usage at NBL – beating several international companies in the same category.

Being one of the largest consumers of water and electricity in Windhoek, NBL’s engineering team started recording consumption values for water, electricity, air, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and chemicals, and the results were then linked to production values to make it relatable. Based on historical data, benchmarks were set and the team engaged with process owners to find ways of working more efficiently.

Nearly 70 electrical energy meters were installed all over the site and the information obtained was stored using Wonderware Historian database. Areas which are greatly affected by this initiative include the water treatment plant (45% electrical efficiency improvement); Carbon Dioxide Recovery Plant (± 13% electrical efficiency improvement) as well as the Ammonia (NH3) Cooling Plant (±6% efficiency improvement).

Du Pisani who on behalf of NBL presented the project at the conference attributes the success of the project to teamwork.

“The crux of the project is that success was achieved due to the willingness of several parties within NBL to work together. We will continue to work with process owners to become more efficient regarding all consumptions,” Du Pisani said.

This project would not only lead to tremendous financial savings for NBL, but is also directly in line with one of O&L’s 2019 vision metrics: achieving a 20% reduction in Carbon Footprint.

Head of Marketing: IS³ – Industry Software Solutions & Support, Clarise Rautenbach said, “as part of their continuous improvement plan of saving energy and thus driving reduced production cost, what stood out was how NBL used our software to empower the next generation of their engineers to work more effectively and efficiently to add value to their people and the NBL operation.”

Caption: 2019 – Xchange Award: F.L.T.R – Deon Barnard, MD: IS3 – Industry Software Solutions & Support (AVEVA Distributor and host of the 27th Wonderware X-Change conference); Tim Sowell (AVEVA); Renaldo du Pisani, NBL Team Leader: Electrical; Annemarie Kruger, NBL Specialist MES; André Engelbrecht, NBL Manager: Industrial Control Systems, and David Bleackley, AVEVA Director: UK, Nordics & South Africa, at 27th Wonderware X-Change conference held at Sun City, Johannesburg in March this year.


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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.