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Leaders need lessons on public etiquette-SPYL

The vigilant SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) is shocked beyond measure by the undomesticated and thoughtless Hip-Hop remarks reported and attributed to Comrade Tjekero Tweya, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, who now deputises his new boss, his former subordinate, former Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Calle Schlettwein, who was elevated to a position of Minister of Trade and Industry.
It was reported that the Deputy Minister said “Namibians are stupid,” at Arandis Investment Conference and Mineral, Mining and Energy Expo. The publication goes further to reveal that the “statement was preceded by an f-word expletive.”
It still baffles us how a cadre in his position can release such undomesticated words as if he was a musician at a Hip-Hop Festival. It is important that we ask the following questions; If Namibians are stupid, is that inclusive of himself and his appointing authority? Is this the new type of industrialisation model they are busy with at Trade and Industry that insults and belittles Namibians to such extreme? Were those at Arandis offering wine to the high table? Are these also the views of his Minister who used to be his subordinate?
Clearly, the public etiquette in our politicians is endangered species. We are alarmed by the new fashion of politicians in high positions who make a mockery of our country by embarrassing us to such extremes. It has virtually become fashionable to have no regard of the positions and institutions they lead. No wonder foreigners visiting our country are asking us if Marijuana is legalised in Namibia.
As usual, there is nothing that will happen to the Deputy Minister. We reckon that he will not be asked to publicly apologise and will indeed be left unattended as was the case when he grabbed 3 000 hectares of land. We strongly advise the Namibian youth not to adopt such manners, language and conduct exhibited by this scandal and other scandals perpetuated and supervised by our leaders. We also encourage our youth not to listen to anything he says in the future until he apologises. We will begin offering training to our leaders on public etiquette before they are role modelled by Hip-Hop Politicians.
Issued by the SWAPO Party Youth League
Shipululo Kanandjembo Amupanda
SPYL Spokesperson

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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.