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Criminals also love Christmas, stay alert!

City Police has warned Windhoek residents and members of the public to be more vigilant with home and personal safety during the festive season following spikes in burglaries, robberies and theft.
City Police Superintendent Gerry Shikesho also called upon visitors and the business community to take special precautions in order to avoid falling victim to crime.
To curb criminal activities, City Police has engaged members of the public on a sensitisation campaign which will assist Windhoek residents in detecting criminals.
It was noted that several robberies have taken place in recent weeks where mostly business people are targeted at banking time or after working hours.
Shikesho also appealed to the general business community to be vigilant of organised crimes by their employees and warned business owners not to keep large sum of cash at business premises, and further beware of credit and debit card fraudsters, shoplifting and arranged back door sales.
The City Zonal Policing Strategy is currently in operation and a patrolling team has been allocated to each identified zone. “Home owners are thus urged to ensure their properties are protected by informing neighbours as well as the City Police at the dispatch centre,” Shikesho added.
Meanwhile, Adam Eiseb, deputy chief of traffic management at City Police, said they will also increase roadblocks in Windhoek as part of measure to elevate road safety in the capital.
“It is customary to expect an exodus from the city, we remain bound to ensure that the residents are well prepared in all aspects in order to reach their destinations safely,” Eiseb said.
Ongoing enforcements has been enhanced in October 2011 to increase road safety awareness of drivers. “Our objective is to stabilise or improve on the crash statistics to the corresponding period,” he added.
Recent figures show that a total of 655 crashes were reported which resulted in 134 injuries and six fatalities. In addition, 34 road users fell victim to crashes while 72 crashes were alcohol related.
“Crash type of concern were topped by Head rear  at153 followed by Side swipe at 108 and head side at 86,” Eiseb said.
Driver are therefore cautioned to adhere to rules of the road and comply with the law.
Penetrative patrols to ensure high visibility will be conducted, as well as random breathing, mobile road blocks, speed operations, and clean ups throughout the City of Windhoek in addition to measures already in place will be fully implemented.
Pedestrians safety and behaviours of those who endanger themselves and other road users will also be observed.

Contact info: In case of emergencies, members of the public can contact the emergency control room at 061 21111 or City Police Control room at 061 302302 or Alert SMS line 4444.

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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.