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Multi-talented Rutjindo leads Young Gladiators

Multi-talented Rutjindo leads Young Gladiators

NFA – Young Gladiators captain Julia Rutjindo is among the few sports women who have mastered the art of playing two different sport codes.

The 19 year old who grew up in the dusty streets of Katutura with both her parents and seven siblings ,started playing netball and football at the tender age of seven.

Julia played for her school team St Barnabas Primary School before gradually making it into the national team set up.

She made her debut in 2013 at 13 when Namibia played against Botswana in the NSSU annual games.

“It is more of a dejavu because the first time I played an international match was against Botswana and now I’ll be leading my team as they take on Botswana for the very first time on home soil.We are ready and training is going exceptionally well. The fitness levels of the girls is optimum and that was evident in the friendly game we played against Ramblers on Tuesday, “ she said.

The Grade 12 learner at Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School led the Young Gladiators to their first COSAFA appearance in 2019. They lost out to Zimbabwe in the quarterfinals stage of the tournament but they have since improved.

Julia also made a name for herself in the Namibian Netball scenery.She currently plays for Tigers Netball Club and featured in the 2018 Khomas Regional team for the Namibian Newspaper Cup.

She has a bubbly personality and upon completing her matric Julia wants to major in law while playing professional football.

“Ronald Ketjijere showed us that a full time career while being a footballer is possible and there are no limitations to what a Namibian Child can achieve. My teammate Lydiana Nanamus also serves as a great role model to all the girls in the center, she passed her matric with flying colors and she will be graduating in April with a Degree in Science at the Namibia University of Science and Technology and this are the kind of things I aspire to do” said the defender.

Julia is one of the few players who plays for both the Brave Gladiators and Young Gladiators and will be in action on Sunday afternoon 17h00 as the Young Gladiators takes on Botswana in their first leg of the 2020 FIFA Women U20 World Cup Qualifers. Come see her in action.


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The Economist does not have a dedicated sport reporter. This designation is used for several contributors who want their sport stories in the Economist. Experience has taught us that companies usually want their sport sponsorships published prominently, being the reason for a sports category. It now also carries general sport items but only those with direct Namibian relevance. - Ed.

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.