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Solar lights for Zambezi to reduce the use of candles and extend study hours for learners

Solar lights for Zambezi to reduce the use of candles and extend study hours for learners

Solar’s role as an educational enabler at household level received another boost this week when the NamPower Foundation donated 150 solar lights to the Legal Assistance Centre for free on-distribution to learners in the Zambezi region.

The Zambezi solar light campaign is part of the Legal Assistance Centre’s advocacy programme for environmental and wildlife protection in Zambezi.

In addition, the Centre has selected ten Zambezi schools where 3-day training sessions are conducted on climate change, adaptation and mitigation. This training sensitises learners about te importance of healthy ecosystems, the need to protect biodiversity, the impact of wildlife crimes and the long-term management of natural resources.

The programme continues next year while more schools will be added. Earlier this month, the local film about poaching, “Baxy and the Giants” was incorporated into the syllabus. This movie was commissioned by the Centre.

Rural Zambezi is the least-connected region in Namibia with estimates that more than 60% of its residents still make use of candles for light. The Legal Assistance Centre hopes to make an incremental dent in this statistics by gradually introducing more and more solar lights.

Representing the Legal Assistance Centre, Hans-Christian Mahnke said, “We want to give the pupils and their parents not abstract solutions to issues arising from climate change and wildlife crime, but rather practical teaching and learning tools which are relevant to them, and also with the ability actually to change their behaviour in various areas. The children will benefit directly by having one solar lantern per household, enabling them to study at home at night, and also enabling them and others to believe and invest in climate change adaptation measures.”

Caption: Hans-Christian Mahnke (left) received the solar light donation on behalf of the Legal Assistance Centre from Martha Shifotoka , NamPower’s Marketing Officer.


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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.