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Any man can make children but it takes a Father to raise a child

An unknown author once said any man can become a dad but it takes a special man to become a father. As 09 June, the one day Fathers around the world get to be celebrated, approaches, I can not help but write an ode to all the fathers out there.
As much as they don’t carry a pregnancy it is still their love and guidance that give us a sense of identity and belonging. Little girls grow up being Daddy’s princess, knowing how a man is to treat a woman, how a man can always be a backbone and little boys grow up knowing how to respect and love women, how to be responsible characters that know how to handle domestic and professional matters in a rightful and dignified manner.
While little boys learn how to treat a woman and go on to be fathers themselves, too often I find there are so many boys who never reach that stage where they can be a Father. This is usually when they have already sired a number of children.
This brings me to the question what would our lives be without the men who raised us, showed up for recitals, concerts and soccer matches, who cheered us on in school competitions, took our pictures when we had our matric farewells, stood tall at our graduation ceremony or walked us down the aisle on our big day, and showed up at the hospital when the first grandchild was born? What would our homes be with only one parental figure, with no one to make Mummy smile on her birthday and every time she brings warm food to the table for dinner at the end of the day? Dangerous and of no use teenage boys stay away from precious ambitious girls because of these protectors we call fathers. Today we salute you, with hearts full of gratitude and joy for all the sacrifices you have made to ensure we are the men and women you are proud to call children. We are who we are because of you!
How many times do we hear small kids say things like “I want to be a doctor, an engineer or a pilot like daddy”? It is because we emulate them. We look up to them as role models.  I can bear testimony to the fact that my father always taught us to grab the bull by the horns and tackle every challenge as it came. It is because of those words that I am who I am today. A strong, fearless young woman.
Fathers are the cornerstones of the family. Thank you for holding our families together, for providing for and protecting us, and for being our moral compasses. You helped us as children to walk tall and have faith in ourselves; you supported our mothers as the lucky women of the world.
Here is to the joys of fatherhood, you are indeed the gifts that keep on giving.
Happy Father’s Day to my hero, my great advisor and protector, my father Jamie Chipepo and to all the fathers out there

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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.