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Women’s basketball team makes history in their quest to play at African Beach Games in Cape Verde

Women’s basketball team makes history in their quest to play at African Beach Games in Cape Verde

Sylvia Sawahenga, Gie Mukumbuta, Victoria Netumbo and Sarah Severus are four women who will carry Namibia’s flag in basketball at the upcoming African Beach Games. The four women are the first-ever Namibian female basketball team to compete at continental level.

The African Beach Games run from 14 to 23 June on Isla de Sal in the Cape Verde islands off the Senegal coast.

Qualifiers for the 3×3 Women’s National Team were played during May at which point the four-girl team made a solid impression among a large pool of hopefuls by winning the tournament. This gained them their national colours as the 3×3 Women’s National Basketball team.

The team is accompanied by the Namibia Basketball Federation’s Development Officer, Malakia Matias who has helped them prepare for the games. “Hopefully this serves to remind the young players that there is indeed much to look forward to in basketball and sports in general,” he said.

The federation’s Secretary General, Ramah Mumba said that this is the first time that Namibia is recognized on such a platform in the sport of basketball. “The team has already made us very proud by being part of such an historic event in sports history, specifically basketball,” he said.

National player, Netumbo said “We will wear our national colours with pride and we appreciate the support coming from everybody. We will do our best to make everyone proud”.

Eleven different sport codes will be represented at the games. About 1000 athletes from 54 countries are expected to participate.

Caption: The first ever 3×3 Women’s National Basketball team to compete at continental level with their Development Officer, Malakia Matias on the left. The team members are, from the left, Sylvia Sawahenga, Gie Mukumbuta, Victoria Netumbo and Sarah Severus.


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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.