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Ministry receives sanitary pads worth N$134,000 – Atlantic Catering Solutions heeds government’s call

Ministry receives sanitary pads worth N$134,000 – Atlantic Catering Solutions heeds government’s call

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, this week received 10,800 sanitary pads, worth N$134, 000 intended for schools in Omaheke region from Atlantic Catering Solutions.

The donation comes at the right time, as Namibia joins the rest of the world in observing Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May said the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Deputy Minister, Ester Nghipondoka.

Menstrual Hygiene Day is held with the aim of creating a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way, in privacy and with dignity.

“This is done through a month-long campaign coordinated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, under the umbrella of the National School Health Task Force,” she added.

The campaign will run under the theme “It’s time for action”, and Nghipondoka said the aspect of support is central to the month-long campaign activities and the donation coincides with efforts towards menstrual hygiene in schools and the girl child.

According to her, private entities have heeded the call by government at large- to “Act Now!” in order to ensure that girls in the Omaheke region do not miss school because they do not have sanitary pads when they are on their periods.

Atlantic Catering Solutions donation through their Company’s Community Trust is primarily as a result or in response to the appeal made by the Minister of Education Arts and Culture to supply young school girls with sanitary pads.

“Young girls tend to be absent from school due to the fact that they feel embarrassed because they do not have proper sanitation. This embarrassment and feeling of insecurity could be one of the reasons why many of our girls end up dropping out of school. To avoid this, some learners resort to using harmful materials to see themselves through that time of the month,” she said.

According to her supporting the children contributes to academic progression, and in the long run, contributes to national and sustainable development and prosperity of our future leaders.

Meanwhile the donation is set to further help with the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (4 and 5), and all other thematic areas inter-linked to this.


Caption: (L-R) Sanet Steenkamp, Executive Director, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Nenad Tomic from UNICEF, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Cedrick Kamwi, Shareholder of Atlantic Catering Solutions, Anne Shilengudwa, Trustee of Atlantic Catering Solutions Community Trust and John Nquakapita, Shareholder of Atlantic Catering Solutions. (Photo: MoEAC)


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


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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.