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Volleyball’s Hlupic and Fischer in Croatia

Caption: Gerard Fischer and partner Tin Hlupic won the fourth tournament of the KIA Namibia National Beach Volleyball Tour. ( photograph contributed

Caption: Gerard Fischer and partner Tin Hlupic won the fourth tournament of the KIA Namibia National Beach Volleyball Tour. ( photograph contributed

The duo of Tin Hlupic and Gerard Fischer roared that they were ready for the Beach Volleyball Under 21 World Championships that started on Wednesday in Croatia after they won the fourth tournament of the KIA National Beach Volleyball Tour that took place at the DTS club in Olympia last Saturday.
A total of 36 sides participated in five different categories at an event that was sponsored by Maerua Superspar, but Hlupic and Fischer managed to grab their second career title in the men’s competition that saw seven teams squaring off in the double elimination format.
“That’s exactly what we needed, now we are ready,” stated Fischer after he had converted their third match ball with a powerful spike.
The two 18-year-olds departed from Windhoek on Monday together with team-manager Heiko Kesselmann and coach Lück to represent Namibia at the Under 21 World Championships in Umag, a coastal town in Croatia.
Henckert Tourist Centre is the main partner of the team, investing into the Under 21 national teams development and international exposure. Other official sponsors of the team are Absolute Logistics, Scania Namibia, African Packaging, Rockwater Consulting as well as Windhoek Consulting Engineers.
“The intensive training over the past couple of months seems to be paying off,” said coach Lück. “After they lost the second set they stuck to their game plan and regained their momentum, which is what I wanted to see from them.
The President of the Namibian Volleyball Federation (NVF), Heiko Diehl, said Hlupic and Fischer deserved to win at the Saturday torunament. He praised the development of the two youngsters over the past twelve months. “They have improved tremendously since their participation at the U18 world cup in Cyprus,” he said
A year ago Hlupic and Fischer lost their three matches without winning a set.

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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.