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Electoral Commission happy with recently concluded by-elections

Electoral Commission happy with recently concluded by-elections

The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said they successfully concluded the Regional Council by-elections for the Gobabis, Keetmanshoop Urban, Khomasdal and Walvis Bay Urban constituencies that were held on 15 January.

The ECN in a statement said that as from 20 December a total of 13457 registered voters for Gobabis constituency, 11 534 for Keetmanshoop Urban constituency, 25550 Khomasdal constituency and 23169 voters for Walvis Bay Urban constituency.

“In the Gobabis Constituency a total of 2339 votes were counted with Tebele Augustinus from SWAPO winning with 1409 votes, in the Ketmanshoop Urban Constituency a total of 3 556 votes were counted, with Minnaar Meliza from LPM winning with 1958, in the Khomasdal Constituency a total of 2104 votes were counted with Angolo Samuel from SWAPO winning with 1227 votes, in the Walvis Bay Urban Constituency a total of 3593 votes were counted with Knowledge Ndunge an Independent Candidate winning with 1636 votes,” the ECN added.

They further stated that for the Gobabis constituency 17.3% of people voted, for Keetmanshoop Urban constituency 30.8% of people voted, for Khomasdal constituency 8.2% of people voted and for the Walvis Bay Urban constituency 15.5% of people voted.

“We therefore congratulate all duly declared Councilors from the four constituencies, the polling officials for their dedication in facilitation the polling process and the voters that turned up at the various polling stations to cast their votes,” they concluded.


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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.