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Hurry and buy your apples for a good cause – Cancer Apple Project to end on Wednesday

Hurry and buy your apples for a good cause – Cancer Apple Project to end on Wednesday

The 2019 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project has been busy distributing apples countrywide for the past three week

The bank recently announced that the selling of apples will concluded on 31 July, therefore the public only has a few days to buy apples, which cost N$5.

Suzette January, Coordinator of Sponsorships and Events from Bank Windhoek said despite the economic situation they are on the right track and at the moment they are almost done with the branch and private sales.

“We will start with the delivery of school orders from the first week of September, and with the support we have received so far, we are confident we will make an impactful contribution toward the work that the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) does,” she added.

While Marjolize Scholtz, Corporate Wellness Consultant at the Bank encouraged Namibians to support the their Cancer Apple Project.

“As Namibians, we are known for assisting each other in times of trouble, let us carry that same spirit and fight this disease and one way to achieve this is to support this project, which is is just a means to assist with a greater cause in our country,” she added.

The theme this year is, ‘More than an apple. It’s a fruit of hope’.

In 2018 Bank Windhoek an amount of N$3 million and distributed 760 000 apples, together with the Entrepreneurial Challenge, which was handed over to the Cancer Association.

Statistics show that between 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019, CAN screened 3778 women for cervical cancer, referred 1083 and 31 confirmed cervical cancer cases were treated in all 14 regions. More than 4500 clinical breast examinations were conduced, with a total of 788 men screened for prostate cancer, of which 54 were referred and 17 prostate cancer diagnosis confirmed.

Caption: The team responsible for the Cancer Apple Project, from left to right, Laurentius Gaseb from Men on the Side of the Road, Suzette January, Coordinator of Sponsorships and Events at Bank Windhoek, Iyambo Joseph, from Men on the Side of the Road, Marjolize Scholtz, Corporate Wellness Consultant at Bank Windhoek and Esmond Fraser, Branding Material Consultant at Bank Windhoek.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.