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Local bank continues to support initiatives from the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association

Local bank continues to support initiatives from the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association

Bank Windhoek renewed its support for initiatives by the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association (ATKV), which includes a writing school, theatre technology course, Pluimpie Awards and the Idioms Competition.

The Bank Windhoek Writing School will take place from Tuesday, 18 to Friday, 28 June in six different towns around the country.

Prof Hans Du Plessis will join the courses and English writers are welcome to attend. ATKV Windhoek Branch will visit Stampriet, Mariental, Tsumeb, Grootfontein, Swakopmund and Windhoek.

Meanwhile, the first Bank Windhoek theatre technology course takes place on Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 July in Windhoek.

This is the first time that the course is presented in Namibia. Each course attendee will receive a certificate from the North West University. The course is limited to 25 persons and the cost will be N$350 for each delegate.

The 23rd Bank Windhoek Pluimpie Awards Gala evening will take place of Friday, 19 July at Arebbusch Travel Lodge in Windhoek.

The awards are aimed at giving credit to individuals, institutions, publishers and companies who have made a significant contribution towards the Afrikaans language by keeping it modern and trendy. Various awards such as the Afrikoon, Pluimpies, Donsies and Veertjies will be handed over to contestants according to the different categories. The highest special award will be the Oorkonde.

Hosted by the ATKV and NBC’s Hartklop FM, the Bank Windhoek Idioms Competition will see 22 teams from 11 different schools compete with each other Wednesdays at 14:30 on NBC’s Hartklop FM. In 2018, two learners from Gobabis Gymnasium, Karlien Visser and WP Oosthuizen, won the competition during the radio recorded final held at the NBC’s Hartklop FM studio in Windhoek.

This year, the finals are scheduled for September and the public is welcome to attend. The date will be announced on the radio and ATKV’s Facebook page.

In its 15th consecutive year, the Idioms Competition allows learners from the competing schools to challenge each other in various categories, which includes completing Afrikaans idioms, forming new idioms with key words and a rapid fire section where the meaning of idioms are given. The aim of the competition is to promote the Afrikaans language and to familiarise school learners with Afrikaans expressions and idioms. Schools are allowed to enter the competition with a team of two learners per school.

“A proud Namibian bank, Bank Windhoek will continue to invest and add value to the communities where it is active. As a result, the Bank encourages all Namibians to come and participate in these exciting ATKV initiatives,” said Bank Windhoek’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Hayley Allen.

Caption: 2018 Idiom champions: WP Oosthuizen and Karlien Visser, learners from Gobabis Gymnasium, pictured when they won the 2018 ATKV Idioms Competition.


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Donald Matthys

Donald Matthys has been part of the media fraternity since 2015. He has been working at the Namibia Economist for the past three years mainly covering business, tourism and agriculture. Donald occasionally refers to himself as a theatre maker and has staged two theatre plays so far. Follow him on twitter at @zuleitmatthys

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.