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Manning a checkpoint is exhausting – Namport sends water for police officers on duty

Manning a checkpoint is exhausting – Namport sends water for police officers on duty

The police checkpoint at the Yanni Savva police station opposite Afrodite Beach just outside Walvis Bay is expected to be a hive of activity this holiday season as the Namibian police work round-the-clock shifts to enforce road safety.

Helping the policemen and women on duty, is the Namibian Ports Authority who this week donated 42 cases of water for use by the officers on duty.

The Yanni Savva police station, built by Mr and Mrs John and Rula Savva in honour of the memory of their son Yanni, is the main traffic checkpoint on the notorious seaside road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. This road has claimed dozens of victims in the past.

Receiving the thoughtful donation from the port authority’s Public Relations Practitioner, Ms Edith Kukuri, Chief Inspector Patrick Muhita conveyed the officers in uniform’s gratitude, pointing out that they enjoy wide support from the Walvis Bay business community.

“Namport is the fourth company to join as a sponsor for this festive period,” said the Chief Inspector adding that initiatives of this nature serve as tokens of encouragement to the officers as they usually work long hours.

The roadblock which operates from the Yanni Savva police station will conduct operations focusing on roadworthiness of vehicles, driver fitness as well as general vehicle inspection.

Caption: Chief Inspector Patrick Muhita (second from left) received 42 cases of water from the Namibian Ports Authority for the officers on duty at the Yanni Savva police station during the summer holiday. The water was presented by the ports authority’s Public Relations Practitioner, Ms Edith Kukuri (middle) while Inspector Okamaru (centre right) helped holding the gift. With them are the Namibian Police officers of Walvis Bay who will be on duty at this vital safety check point.


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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.