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Shifeta hands over 150 kilowatt solar power plant to Soris Soris Conservancy

Shifeta hands over 150 kilowatt solar power plant to Soris Soris Conservancy

The Environment and Tourism Minister, Pohamba Shifeta this week handed over a 150 kilowatt solar power plant to the Soris Soris Conservancy in the Kunene Region which will greatly contribute to the ministry’s renewable energy and energy efficiency targets.

The project, facilitated under the “Empower to Adapt – Creating Climate Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia” (CBNRM EDA) grants is set to benefit a total of 9200 people and so far created 25 jobs.

Furthermore, through the project, numerous community members received training and 4 women are being trained on the operation, maintenance and administration of the plant.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, in Khorixas, Shifeta said that the increased use of renewable energy will not only cushion the country from the adverse effects of climate change but also act as a catalyst for enhancing rural development through the promotion of better conditions for women to access better education and health services, improved access to information, improved productivity and new employment opportunities.

“To the Soris Soris Conservancy Management Committee, please ensure sound financial accountability for the local revolving funds from this intervention. This project is a flagship intervention both nationally and internationally,” Shifeta said.

The minister further urged the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia to exert efforts in mobilizing more financial resources for other regions so that they too can benefit from interventions such as this. The CBNRM EDA grant has availed funding worth N$ 130 million to Community-Based projects.


 

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.