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Omaheke Regional Library receives tech equipment from local bank

Omaheke Regional Library receives tech equipment from local bank

The Omaheke Regional Library in Gobabis, one of three regional libraries in the country which serves as an information hub and resource centre recently received laptops from Bank Windhoek.

Situated between Epako Suburb and the Legare Sports Stadium, the Library was built with funds received from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), an agency from the United States of America, which aimed at reducing poverty through economic growth in the education, tourism and agriculture sectors. The building was handed over to the Omaheke Education Directorate in 2014.

Upon receiving the donation, the Director of Education in the Omaheke Region, Pecka Semba, said that among the many corporates they approached, Bank Windhoek was the first and only to have responded to their request for assistance.

Bank Windhoek’s Head of Corporate Social Investment and Sponsorships, Bronwyn Moody, who delivered the laptops encouraged the learners and students in the Omaheke Region to take the opportunity and use the laptops for their educational needs.

“Do more research and explore how best you can use these laptops to equip yourselves with knowledge that will assist you in furthering your education. This is our gift to you, because we believe in adding value in the communities we operate in, especially in the areas of education,” Moody said.


Caption: Omaheke Regional Library’s chief librarian, Josbackassa Tjimbundu (second); inspector of education, Cornelius Kandjou (fourth) followed by Bank Windhoek’s Gobabis Branch senior collateral officer, Estie Delie; the director of education in the Omaheke Region, from the ministry of education, arts and culture, Pecka Semba; Bank Windhoek’s head of CSI and sponsorships, Bronwyn Moody; the advisor to the Omaheke governor, Pio Nganate flanked by Bank Windhoek’s Gobabis branch administrator, Pulcheria Pogisho, pictured with staff members from the Omaheke Regional Library.


 

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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.