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Trust continues to encourage people to consume more fish – Fish consumption day launched

Trust continues to encourage people to consume more fish  – Fish consumption day launched

The Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) last week in Walvis Bay launched the National Fish Consumption Day which will be observed next month in Omuthiya.

Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, Victor Pea at the launch said the 8th edition of the day is but one of the initiatives that enable them to contribute towards the governmental objectives to address food and nutritional security, hunger and poverty through improving the quality of education of children.

“This is within the context of ongoing implementation of strategies for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth which, among others, includes the annual day, monthly regional fish Promotions and setting up of retail fish shops in all regions of our country to ensure active representation of our activities and programme,” he added.

Suzan Ndjaleka, Chairperson of the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust Board of Trustees explained that this event is a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, NFCPT and stakeholders, which was launched in 2012 to promote and accelerate the consumption of fish at regional level.

“The day is a NFCPT initiative aimed at imparting fish knowledge and culinary skills to our people whilst bringing this much needed nutritional fish closer to them,” she added.

While keynote speaker Bernhard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, their immediate goal in this financial year is to achieve per capita fish consumption of 20.4 kg per person per year, which translates to about 47 000MT, and to ensure that at least 30% of horse mackerel TAC, or about 110 000 is consumed locally.

“In May this year, we also witnessed the handing of 1387 school mattresses valued at N$478,510 and 12 computers valued at N$221,490 to the Kunene Region, which I facilitated during the commissioning of ‘Operation Sida Di/Goan’ at Kamajab, therefore this gesture is indeed a demonstration of commitment by stakeholders in the fishing industry to contribute towards the achievement of quality education for our children,” he concluded.


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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.