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Chief judicial administrator joins board of international court administration group

Chief judicial administrator joins board of international court administration group

The Executive Director in the Office of the Judiciary, Ms Rolanda van Wyk was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) as the Vice President for sub-Sahara Africa.

Her appointment is expected to strengthen efforts to reform judicial administration across the continent.

Ms van Wyk was preceded in this position by Simon Jiyane of South Africa. Van Wyk is the first Namibian and the first woman to hold this appointment.

Her career in law started in 1999 as a public prosecutor, advancing with the years until she was appointed as Deputy Prosecutor General. On 01 June 2015 she was appointed as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, a position she held until her promotion to Permanent Secretary in the newly established and independent Office of the Judiciary on 01 January 2016. With the change in designation of all former Permanent Secretaries, she became the Executive Director of Justice.

In 2017, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Southern African Judicial Administrators Association (SAJAA) as a founding member. The association promotes the professional relationship between judicial administrators in the Southern African Development Community.

As a board member of the International Association for Court Administration, Ms van Wyk will be tasked with promoting membership and networking within African judiciaries as well as recruiting and appointing board members to the association’s African Board.

Chief Justice Peter Shivute congratulated Ms van Wyk, saying that her appointment is evident of the remarkable work she has done for judicial administration. “We rally behind her success and wish her all the best,” he said.

“I am extremely humbled by this appointment and I look forward to share Namibia’s successes while learning from other judiciaries to effect better administration within the region but also on the continent as a whole,” said Ms van Wyk.


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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.