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African Modernism exhibition to be showcased at the National Art Gallery

African Modernism exhibition to be showcased at the National Art Gallery

The Goethe-Institut Namibia will begin 2020 with African Modernism – The Architecture of Independence: a photographic exhibition, curated by Manuel Herz, which will open on 30 January at 18:00 at the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN).

The exhibition will explore the pre and post colonial architecture of five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and will be flowed by side event and a social media competition with a cash prize of N$1000 per category.

Daniel Stoevesandt, Director of Goethe-Institut Namibia they have been in pursuit of this exhibition to visit Namibia for a while, primarily with the intention of sparking discourse on what independence means to the people of Africa and how that very special period directly after independence is manifested in architecture.

“The exhibition and its documentation of buildings that very often symbolize modernization through their architecture and the city’s urbanisation also function as tools of liberation and instruments for forming a new identity,” he added.

Snobia Kaputu, Chief Executive Officer of NAGN said this travelling exhibition’s relevance to Namibia and the country’s history cannot be overlooked. “The different eras of colonization in Namibia came with infrastructural change and therefore, Namibia is not an exemption to the experience of architectural change. For example, the forceful removal of people from the Old Location, where they were living in their own erected houses as per their traditional practices and having been moved to the outskirts, of Windhoek to a different architectural layout named Katutura ‘the place we do not want to go’ is of great importance,” she emphasised.

She highlighted that despite the violent history, inhabitants of Katutura now have access to better structures for housing and improved sanitation facilities, compared to those of the Old Location.

The photo collection of 80 buildings in Ghana, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Zambia capture the transition to independence during an economic boom in Africa that enabled political leaders to utilize architecture as means by which an independent nation expresses its national identity and mirror aspirations. The goal, very often, was to have the new buildings that were mostly designed by architects from Poland, Yugoslavia, Scandinavian nations, Israel and the former colonisers outshine those erected during the colonial era.


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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.