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Understanding Weather – not predicting – 24 May 2013

What happened?
The departure from one pattern to a more favourable one is now an established feature on our synoptic charts for both the surface and throughout the upper air. The reversion to more normal patterns coincided with the approach of a very promising front which was expected to develop into a cut-off vortex and stagnate for a day or two. This system collapsed but gave rise to an equally well-marked pattern which also brought about the collapse of the extensive, dominant upper air anticyclonic presence which had held sway for the past few months.
As this new vortex pattern evolved it began the advection of moist air from the fringes of the tropical air persisting west of the Congo estuary. Because this pattern persisted, this advection also continued, intensifying as its moisture depth increased from a few hundred feet to some 2 or 3 thousand feet. This persistence was rewarded as local convergence lines appeared with comparable thundery cloud patterns identified both by satellite imagery and personal observation across much of Namibia.
Shower potential was also achieved and, for a broad area of activity, thundery showers were recorded. Measures up to some 20mms have been noted from places as diverse as the Omaruru district and east of Otjiwarongo to the Okavango valley to the Gobabis district. In between, there are numerous reports of a few drops to some few millimetres.
The significance is that, due to absence of colder temperatures, these showers have given life to the existing veld in several places.. Further significance is that the decaying anticylonic control enabled Cumulonimbus development to mature.
May is well down the list where rainfall is concerned. Occasions of summer-type rains are few and far between with only limited values on record. This may look promising, but the actual measure is scant; the value to the rangeland and the environment offers values which only the environment appreciates.
As matters stand, this past week saw the departure from one unwelcome pattern to the more normal, generally favourable pattern to which we have become accustomed. The forthcoming prospects have become far more amenable than they were just a couple of  weeks ago.
What’s coming?
Although synoptics for the South Atlantic are dominated by low pressure cores persisting throughout the lower levels with a low level anticyclonic core present to the south, the ability to disturb the generally northerly flow across Namibia is absent.
Frontal advance north of the Orange is, at this stage, also limited. This flow supports occasional cloud development from central Namibia southward. Daytime temperatures into the upper 20’s, touching the 30’s, persist. Overnight chill is equally limited: mild conditions for the time of year persist. The “oosweer” potential is restricted by this northerly wind orientation. During the weekend, a substantial trough approaches the Western Cape. This system has the potential to push as far north as the Oranjemund, Lüderitz, Rosh Pinah triangle by Sunday.

About The Author

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.