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Second edition of Hop Heads craft beer festival to grace Windhoek

Second edition of Hop Heads craft beer festival to grace Windhoek

Around 2000 people are expected to throng the Hop Heads craft beer festival slated for 7 September at the Trustco United Sports field in Olympia, Hashtag Events Coordinator, Tina Nangolo said.

The festival is a platform for customers to experience, indulge and gain an appreciation for a limited selection of craft beverages, Nangolo said.

The event offers a spectacular craft beverage experience from a few of the best brewers around Namibia and South Africa, who will also showcase unique flavors and host the very best selections among beers, gins, brandy’s and bespoke mixers, Nangolo added.

“Although the focus is placed on the unique beverage experience, the event was introduced for families and friends of all ages to come and enjoy a day out and also try the delicious array of gourmet meals,” she added.

According to Nangolo, the event also will also feature popular competitions like beer pong as well as live entertainment from local and South African artists.

Meanwhile, the event will feature the following selection of craft beverages, including products such as Camelthorn, Namib Dunes, Tholch brew, Skeleton Coast brewery, Desolate gin, Stillhouse gin, accompanied by some of the best breweries in South Africa, such as CBC, Boston, Darling brew, Wilderer, Musgrave gin, as well as Fitch & Leed.

The inaugural festival which was launched last year managed to attract nearly 1300 people, Nangolo said.


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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.