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President invited to lead as Southern African Champion on the AU Committee on arts, culture

President invited to lead as Southern African Champion on the AU Committee on arts, culture

The President, HE Dr Hage Geingob has been invited to lead the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State on Arts, Culture and Heritage which strives to mobilize greater commitment and investment by the Member States towards arts and cultural education, the presidency said in a statement.

A Special Envoy on behalf of the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita lead by, Prof. Alioune Sall paid a courtesy call to deliver the personal invitation at the statehouse in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Sall highlighted the important role of culture in nation-building and fostering common identity to overcome diverse challenges facing the continent.

Geingob expressed his support for the initiative, advocating for modern and progressive cultural transformation in the 21st century, and affirmed Namibia’s sustained public investment in the arts and culture, the presidency added.

Mali’s president, Keita is expected to inaugurate the Council of Peers on the margins of the 33rd Ordinary African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 9 to 10 February.

The presidency meanwhile said Geingob has since indicated that he will not be available to attend the 33rd Ordinary AU Summit, but shall delegate a representative.

Caption: Special Envoy on behalf of the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita lead by, Prof. Alioune Sall paid a courtesy call to deliver the personal invitation to the President, HE Dr Hage Geingob.


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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.