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Namibia Plastics gets international recognition

Namibia Plastics gets international recognition

Plastic manufacturer, Namibia Plastics was last week accredited with a global British Retail Consortium (BRC) certificate, specifically for its Packaging Standard in the High Hygiene Risk audit category.

The company is the first plastic manufacturer in the country recognised as a leading industrialist on the global front.

With its manufacturing plant barely one year old, the company is already building a strong brand, especially across borders thanks to its recently acquired Reifenhauser EVOLUTION 3-Layer Blown Film Line machine that specializes in stretch hoods – a rare service in the Southern African Development Community.

Namibia Plastics, Chief Executive Officer, Johan Struwig said due to demand, coupled with their technological capabilities, they are fast becoming the no.1 supplier of stretch hoods in Africa.

Quality Assurance Manager José-Luis Pretorius said as anyone in the food safety community can attest, BRC accreditation is a vigorous demanding exercise and for a company that is still an infant in the packaging manufacturing industry, this has been a major achievement for the NP group.

Blaauws Group Namibia one of Namibia Plastics customer said due to the wide product range provided by Namibia Plastics, with the supply of a high quality print FFS sheeting, they are excited to build a great relationship with Namibia Plastics.

“The fact that is is manufactured in Namibia, makes ordering and logistics more hassle free,” said Amos Boonzaaier, General Manger of the Blaauws Group Namibia.

Currently Namibia Plastics local large volume manufacturing clientele include Namibia Breweries Limited, Namib Poultry Industries, Tongaat Hulett, Gendev Fishing, Etosha Fishing, Seawork Fish Processors and Tunacor Fisheries among others.

Caption: Senior Sales Manager for Reifenhauser Africa, Sascha Skora (far left) uses an opportunity to further enhance the knowledge of Namibia Plastics manufacturing plant operations staff on the EVOLUTION 3-Layer Blown Film Line machine during a recent visit to the plant.


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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.