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Conrad Johannes and Jan-Eric Sack scoop Fabupharm Swakop Masters beach volleyball tournie

Conrad Johannes and Jan-Eric Sack scoop Fabupharm Swakop Masters beach volleyball tournie

The Fabupharm Swakop Masters 2019 beach volleyball tournament of last weekend saw a massive turnout of around 90 athletes participating in 3 categories; 2-a-side Men’s, Social and 4-a-side Mixed. The 25 teams were playing to become the Fabupharm Swakop Masters 2019 champions.

The Men’s category, saw 10 teams, split between 2 groups, play pool matches with the top 2 teams from each group going directly into the semi-finals.

Group A, Bernhard Schurz and Stefanus Kangandjera dominated the group winning all their matches with the 2nd place team of Danilo von Ludwiger and Andriko Böhringer also advancing to the semi-finals.

In group B, it was a much tighter affair with 3 teams all winning 3 matches and losing 1, leaving it to points difference to decide who are the top 2 teams advancing to the semi-finals. With +66 points difference Conrad Johannes and Jan-Eric Sack finished top of the group and Panashe Chiguta and Mutasa finishing second.

The men’s final proved to be a great spectacle of beach volleyball skills and tactics from both teams and it took 3 sets to separate them with Conrad and Jan-Eric winning the tight match 2:1, 12:21, 21:14 & 15:10 to take the title of Fabupharm Swakop Master 2019 Men’s Champions.

The Social 2-a-side category was won by Philip Schulz and Janice Lohmann with Rosi Hennes and Almut Hoffmann second. Third were Hannah Reusch and Kudzai Chiguta.

In the Mixed 4-a-side category, Vega Two came first, followed by Smooth Operators and Vega One.

The 2019 final tournament is the Bank Windhoek Beach Bash Volleyball on 21 December 2019 at Dolphin Park Beach.

Caption: Second, first and third teams in the Men’s category of the Fabupharm Swakop Masters 2019 beach volleyball tournament.


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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.