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Icestock team dominates at 8th African Championships

Icestock team dominates at 8th African Championships

The Icestocksport Association of Namibia maintained its dominance in the Icestock sport on the African continent when the men’s team took first place for the third consecutive year at the 8th edition of the African Championships in Icestock held in Nairobi, Kenya over the weekend.

The game saw men’s team players Donnovann Harmse, Detlef Pfeifer, Jessaya Mweshipopya and Cobus Harmse winning six games against Kenya and Gabon in a row. Within the last round the team however lost to Kenya but the sixth overall Africa Cup was already secured for Namibia (14: 4) followed by Kenya (12: 6) in second place, and Gabon (2:16) came third place.

“The team spirit was positive despite the bad conditions on the pitch with light rain and a narrow slightly, sloping surface field as a major obstacle that had to be mastered,” President of the Association, Pfeifer said.

According to Pfeifer, in the single competition 17 year old Harmse was the only participant to manage the difficult conditions and outclassed the entire field with 151 pound points, Pfeifer added that with this result he catapulted himself into the extended world class of junior players. The second and third places were taken by Kenyan players Stephen Ngugi (86 points) and Timothy Ngugi (68).

“Never before at an African championship won a player with such a large margin in the individual title. At the same time, the 151 points are the best result ever for an African player in an official competition since the introduction of curling in Africa in 1999. The Namibian Ice stock Association does not want to rest on its laurels and has already set new goals. In addition to the rebuilding of the women’s department, the association would like to compete with a junior team for the next World Cup in March 2020 in Germany,” Pfeifer said.

Caption: Men’s team players Donnovann Harmse, Detlef Pfeifer, Jessaya Mweshipopya and Cobus Harmse.


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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.