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Cancer Association starts outreach programme in the Hardap Region

Cancer Association starts outreach programme in the Hardap Region

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) has confirmed that 1027 Namibians will be fully screened in the 2020 National Cancer Outreach Programme (NCOP) as from 27 January 2020.

This number is supported by funds raised through the ‘Slice of Life, Raffle for Hope’ project for 2010 supported by Gondwana Collection.

Rolf Hansen, Chief Executive of CAN said they are fortunate that they have negotiated best-buy rates for consumables and laboratory services allowing them to screen Namibians for as little as N$100 per person at CAN’s expense.

“If we are not able to offer fully complementary services through the NCOP, a minimal of N$70 donation will be levied, while we will subsidize the rest. This fee has not increased for the last three years and we wholeheartedly thank the people who donate so generously and support fundraising drives to sustain the medical programmes of the association,” he added.

He explained that the outreach services include community health education on cancer, cervical screening, breast examinations and prostate education and PSA level screening in the prevention of prostate cancer.

The CAN team is in the Hardap Region this week, visiting Rehoboth, Stampriet, Aranos, Mariental and Kalkrand and the next outreach is planned for the Zambezi and Kavango Regions during February.

In addition to the confirmed 1027 Namibians that will be impacted, funds from the 2019 Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project are also earmarked to screen at least another 2000 Namibians during 2020.

Caption: The Official launch of the 2020 outreach programme that took place at the CAN Hardap Centre in Rehoboth on 27 January 2020, where more than 100 ladies and 43 men attended the first outreach clinic for the year.


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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.