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More qualified brewers at NBL

 Martin Kleopas is an accomplished brewer.Tuhas Shikongo holds qualifications of brewer and maltster.Martin Kleopas and Tuhas Shikongo are accomplished brewers who have been part of Namibia Breweries for eight and 10 years respectively. After almost three years of practical and theoretical training, they both hold the qualifications of brewer and maltster in beer brewing and the preparation of barley to malted barley.
Shikongo, who went to school in former East Germany and later in Swakopmund, has been part of the world of brewing since his internship at Hansa Breweries and has never looked back since. He says: “Maths, biology and physical science are a prerequisite when considering this career path and German, of course, is an added advantage.”
Kleopas was born in northern Namibia and completed high school at the Ondangwa Senior Secondary School. Upon leaving school, he had numerous scholarship offers from various companies but he opted for Namibia Breweries.
Both Kleopas and Shikongo have a passion for their work and were asked to assist with the training of operators at the Sedibeng brewery in Johannesburg for one month last year; something which both enjoyed.
According to Christian Mueller, NBL’s master brewer: “It made us extremely proud to have our Namibian guys train technicians in South Africa in brewing our beers according to strict specifications.”
 “Being a brewer means shift work and during the day I am busy with a business admin degree at the Polytechnic and will also go for the Bavarian certified qualification in Brewing and Beverage Technology (Brew master) within the next year,” said Kleopas.
Shikongo will concentrate on his family at this stage, as he has a small son but says he might pursue more qualifications in the not so distant future.

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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.