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Cancer Association to connect more with the community in 2020

Cancer Association to connect more with the community in 2020

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) in 2020, aims to support and partner with the community, by learning from their knowledge and insights to the benefit of the people.

According to the association, for 2020 they will be connecting with other communities and partners to better the fight against cancer in the country.

“A new decade signals a time for reflection and focussing on ‘new opportunities’ that lay untapped before us,” the association added.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of CAN said the idea behind the proverbial ‘new opportunity’ that 2020 and the next decade offers, should be garbed, because, they learn from the past, they try their very best each day and they build towards a brighter future.

“At the Cancer Association of Namibia it is a time to reflect and most importantly to recognise the contributions of the hundreds of health professionals and more than 28 038 newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families we have the privilege to work with during the last decade,” he added.

Hansen highlighted that greater investment in workforce training and delivery models throughout the country is needed to achieve lasting change and deliver on the promise of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“Therefore in 2020 and the decade ahead, let us all again reaffirm our support to change for the better, while we learn from what is, let us move towards what is better and may we see the urgency as a community, to align ourselves with common vision to build our nation’s healthcare system,” he emphasised.

He said it is his wish for greater investment in the cancer care continuum by the government, but while we aim for all these changes, it should not be forgotten that taking small steps in the right direction gets you closer to your goals.

“For us each fundraiser, every outreach, the clinic and the support programmes all enable us to positively impact live,” he added.

According to Hansen, in 2020 the community should celebrate wholeheartedly and invest in the people behind the fight against cancer, their commitment to patients, raise and empower their voices and help them continue their work to make access to sustainable cancer care priority for everybody, wherever they live in Namibia with no one left behind.


About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.