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Buy a N$100 raffle ticket for Cancer Association’s last fundraiser for the year, win a weekend at a Gondwana lodge

Buy a N$100 raffle ticket for Cancer Association’s last fundraiser for the year, win a weekend at a Gondwana lodge

Proceeds from The Slice of Life, Raffle for Hope, a Cancer Association of Namibia project in partnership with Gondwana Collection of Lodges, is the last fundraiser for the year. The funds will be used for the National Cancer Outreach programme.

The raffle’s draw will be livestreamed on 05 December with the auditors and all project partners present, said the Chief Executive of the Cancer Association, Rolf Hanse, when he launched the project last week.

Raffle tickets can be obtained from the association at N$100 per ticket. The raffle prizes consist of six all-inclusive two-night breakaways at selected lodges in the Gondwana group. Raffle sales are scheduled to close on 01 December, four days before the draw.

“Only when we stand together, can we fight cancer. Every cent of this fundraiser is invested directly into saving lives and when my teams and I travel for weeks on end, away from out families, it is because we believe in the work we do and the lives that we must impact and preserve at all costs,” he added.

He explained that the funds raised through this campaign will directly impact lives as it will enable the association to screen one Namibian woman for breast cancer for every raffle ticket sold.

The screening is done by means of a clinical breast examination for breast cancer, a cervical examination for cervical cancer and a colposcopy for vaginal cancer.

“We will be at Wernhil Shopping Centre and Grove Mall on each Saturday of November to sell raffles, while tickets can also be purchased at our officers and online via, PayToday, EventsToday and AirtimeCity machines at shops where these vending machines are located,” said Hansen adding that the corporate community can support the raffle by buying tickets in bulk.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

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.