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Central Bank appoints Deposit Guarantee Authority board

Central Bank appoints Deposit Guarantee Authority board

The Bank of Namibia this week announced the appointment of Board of Directors to serve on the newly established Deposit Guarantee Authority, an independent juristic body housed by the Bank of Namibia, effective 4 September 2019.

The board is chaired by Bank of Namibia’s Deputy Governor Ebson Uanguta. Festus Nghifenwa (Director for Economic Policy Advisory Services in the Ministry of Finance), Linda Dumba Chicalu (Legal Advisor at the Social Security Commission), Ulrich Eiseb (Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Namibia Asset Management), and NAMFISA’s CEO, Kenneth Matomola serve on the board.

The Namibia Deposit Guarantee Authority is a newly established public institution, to manage and administer the Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

Emma Haiyambo, Director Strategic Communications at the Bank of Namibia said by establishing this institution, Namibia has joined a growing number of countries in Africa and globally who have established similar institutions to protect depositors of banking institutions.

“In the unlikely event of a banking institutions failure, compensation shall be paid out to depositors, when their deposits held by a banking institution are unavailable,” Haiyambo said.

The appointment was done in line with Section 6 of the Namibia Deposit Guarantee Act (Act No. 16 of 2018). The board will serve for 5 years.

Caption: Petrus Shifotoka (Principal Economist: Bank of Namibia), Festus Nghifenwa (Board member: NDGA), Ulrich Eiseb (Board member: NDGA), Iipumbu Shiimi (Governor), Ebson Uanguta (Deputy Governor and Chairperson of the NDGA Board), Emile Van Zyl (Technical Advisor to the Governor). Seated from left: Linda Dumba Chicalu (Board member) and Dr Emma Haiyambo (Director of Strategic Communication and Financial Sector Development and Head of the NDGA).


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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.