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Bank Windhoek Triennial is back, seeks innovative works of art

Bank Windhoek Triennial is back, seeks innovative works of art

Bank Windhoek in collaboration with the National Art Gallery of Namibia this week launched the 2020 Bank Windhoek Triennial, which showcases the quality and diversity of artwork produced by Namibian artists.

Staged every three years, the fifth edition of the art competition is now open to all artists with Namibian citizenship, or permanent residence holders.

The Triennial celebrates visual art in Namibia, while contributing to the development and promotion of the Namibian visual art industry. The exhibition that results from this competition, is also an opportunity to engage in dialogue around cultural diversity within Namibian society to promote unity in celebrating diversity. Participants, who are older than 18 years can look forward to a variety of exciting prizes in different categories.

“The National Art Gallery of Namibia is delighted to continue partnering with Bank Windhoek as its main sponsor for the Triennial. We look forward to innovative works of art, and encourage all artists to enter the competition. This is not only an opportunity for artists to win prizes, but also an important platform for networking and adds to their portfolios,” said the Gallery’s CEO, Snobia Kaputu.

A panel of local and international judges will make a selection of work for the exhibition as well as for prize winners. The exhibition opens on Thursday, 3 September 2020 and closes on Saturday, 7 November 2020.

Application forms can be downloaded on www.ngan.org.na or www.bankwindhoek.com.na. Hard copies can be obtained at the National Art Gallery of Namibia office, Bank Windhoek Branches countrywide as well as all regional council offices, including the collection points collection points countrywide. For more information, 061 231160, 061 231391, or 081 806 8694/2, or by email at ccurator@nagn.org.na or pro@nagn.org.na. The due date for applications is Friday, 26 June 2020.


Caption: Pictured is artwork of the 2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial winner, Isabel Katjavivi. Tilted ‘The Past is Not Buried’, Katjavivi’s creation makes a graveyard of a section of the National Art Gallery of Namibia, paying homage to those whose bones still litter the land, casualties of the extermination order.


 

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Donald Matthys

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.