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Sixty science, tech ‘boffins’ take part in science camp – Power utility supports cause

Sixty science, tech ‘boffins’ take part in science camp – Power utility supports cause

More than 60 grade 10 and 11 female learners from different schools in Windhoek and around the country recently took part in the Women in Science Camp (WiSci), hosted by Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust)

The camp which was held in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Namibia aims to encourage female learners to pursue studies in science-related fields in order to close the gender gap through access to education.

Furthermore the goal of WiSci is to expose young women to the variety of career paths available in STEAM fields. Internationally, there is a strong gender imbalance in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The WiSci Camp aims to help bridge that gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities, and leadership training.

To facilitate the smooth running of the event, Power utility, Nampower donated 25 tablets to the value of N$37,500 for the camp and for use at their respective schools.


Caption: NUST Associate Dean, Dr. Fungai Bhunu Shava, NUST Executive Dean, Prof. Anicia Peters, NamPower Foundation Head, Ms. Lucia Hiveluah, Ministry of Higher Education Training and Innovation Deputy Minister, Dr. Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Lisa Johnson, GirlUp Representative, Ms. Musonga Chikwanda, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Director, Quality Assurances, Ms. Edda Bohn, and NUST Hotel School Manager, Ms. Liesl Liebenberg.


 

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

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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.