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Understanding Weather – not predicting – 31May 2013

What happened?
After a prolonged season of an abnormal weather pattern, over the past few weeks, that stubborn deviation has given way and reverted to a more conventional, expected pattern. During this week, the synoptic charts presented an early winter pattern that is in line with expected conditions.
These consisted of cold front extensions coming close to southern Namibia so bringing closer the prospect of winter showers to the south. These have been scarce in recent seasons.
Historically our south could rely on winter rain recurrence across the May to September period with a level of certainty better than our summer-autumn expectation which is dogged by the Arid Zone identity of variability.
Present synoptics present these frontal extensions driven by anticyclonic cells which, and here is the mix, form far to the south of their normal (about 30oS) range. This complexity sees these cells tending to slip around (south of) the vortex, pushing it somewhat north while guiding the vortex and its higher extension southward, mixing with the warmer air on its western side. North of these events that occur in the southern seas, an anticyclonic upper extension is located east of Namibia.
Airflow across Namibia retained a northerly orientation with the potential of tapping the moister fringes still present over northern Angola. This has placed the weather pattern into the position which both resembles the newer and the older so that conditions warm for this time of year prevail (newer) while pressure patterns display typical early winter movement.
Although it is too early for the current pressure patterns to give any indication of developments later in the year, at least for now, they seem to have settled back into a recognisable pattern. The weak cold front of the previous weekend collapsed as it rounded the Cape, leading to a mild, sunny week with little wind, for the entire Namibia. The relatively warm conditions were supported by a constant northerly airflow.
What’s coming?
South Atlantic weather is dominated by an intense trough progressing east and, by weekend, bringing about cloudier skies to the south. At this stage some drizzle is expected below the escarpment across Saturday into Sunday. The trough slips away southeast by Sunday evening. This trough and its almost upper cut-off core are gone by Monday, so restoring the northerly flow across the interior plateau. Such a pattern restricts easterly flows hence no “oosweer” conditions. Clear skies and overnight radiation cooling are to be expected but the chill of winter is limited.
An upper air trough appears by mid-week.
These patterns fit well with both adjacent and distant southern hemisphere patterns, while intermittent ridges do form, extending to Antarctica, strengthening cold front activity and a potential for “cut-off” vortex development: again a mix of foundation weather patterns, while ensuring winter rainfall potential to the area south of the Keetmanshoop Lüderitz line.

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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.