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Frontline healthcare providers get boost from U.S. Embassy – Six new vehicles deployed to support clinical and nurse mentors

Frontline healthcare providers get boost from U.S. Embassy – Six new vehicles deployed to support clinical and nurse mentors

The U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson joined the Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Dr. Kalumbi Shangula to deploy six new vehicles for use by clinical and nurse mentors.

The six vehicles will be deployed in the Omusati, Kunene, Hardap, and Omaheke regions and will enable clinical and nurse mentors to visit clinics and facilities to provide support to the frontline healthcare providers working there.

These vehicles add to the existing fleet of 12 vehicles which the U.S. Embassy deployed with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2016.

Through the deployment of these vehicles, clinical and nurse mentors will be able to make daily visits to clinics to support healthcare providers working on the frontline.

The role of clinical mentors in supporting clinics is vital to ensure that people in Namibia receive the highest quality of care when they visit any healthcare provider.

“On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, I am proud to be here to support the Ministry of Health and Social Services in their efforts to provide the highest quality of care through the provision of these six vehicles,” said Ambassador Johnson.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through PEPFAR funding, provided these vehicles, which together value over N$4 million.

Caption: U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson and Minister of Health and Social Services. Honorable Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, deploy six new vehicles for use by clinical and nurse mentors. With them are the persons who will drive the vehicles.


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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.