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National Heritage Council appoints new members

National Heritage Council appoints new members

The acting Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Hon Martin Andjaba this week appointed new members who will provide policy direction and oversight in the enforcement of the National Heritage Act and implementation of activities of the National Heritage Council.

The Council chaired by Dr. Rosa Persendt with Natalia /Goagoses as the Vice Chairperson, will serve for a three-year term, effective from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023.

The Council includes eight main members; Karapo Herebert Kandjimi, Moses Molatendi, Johannes Kariseb, Erhard Roxin, Helge Mocke (nominated by the Minister of Mines and Energy) and Elizabeth Brown (nominated by the Auditor General), including six alternate members; Josef Pereb Stephanus, Martha Angula-Ruider, Magdalena Marthinussen, Una Chrizelda Ferreira, Aina Paulina Muulila and Ewereth Muvangua.

Speaking at the inauguration and orientation of the new council members, Andjaba highlighted the importance of heritage conservation adding that management thereof is a challenging task which requires knowledgeable and skilled personnel to enable them to achieve set objectives.

He further indicated that it is pleasing to note that the availability of personnel trained in this field has since improved, therefore, they must not be limited in making use of the skills at their disposal.

Andjaba said he was confident that the new council will build on the foundations laid by their predecessors in taking preservation of the country’s heritage resources to further heights thus encouraging them to abide to the principles of sustainable development in ensuring that the activities implemented by current generations to enjoy and benefit from our heritage resources and not to jeopardise the opportunities of future generations for the same purpose.


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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.