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‘Adapt or Fly’ comes to Windhoek

Pieter-Dirk Uys celebrates the 19th year of the rainbow democracy with ‘Adapt or Fly’, the one-man show that has taken South Africa by storm.

Pieter-Dirk Uys celebrates the 19th year of the rainbow democracy with ‘Adapt or Fly’, the one-man show that has taken South Africa by storm.

Evita Bezuidenhout is scheduled to grace the Namibian stage on 29, 30 and 31 August in Windhoek at the National Theatre. After sold-out seasons in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Durban last year, ‘Adapt or Fly’ is heading for Namibia!
The most famous white woman in South Africa, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, leads a company of characters that include Julius ‘Juju’ Malema, former apartheid minister Pik Botha, Kugel Nowell Fine, Mrs Petersen from the Cape Flats, the old Krokodil PW Botha, Madiba and the current South African president Jacob Zuma, all to put the smile back on faces.
South African slapstick comedian, Pieter-Dirk Uys as Evita, is joining his chorus-line of characters that include a motley medley of past South African National Party leaders (DF Malan, JG Strydom, HF Verwoerd, BJ Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk), balanced with the more familiar quartet of ANC presidents from Nelson Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki, through Kgalema Motlanthe to Jacob Zuma and beyond.
Although many of the characters in the Uys bouquet are unfamiliar to a younger Namibian audience, Uys audacious portrayals often tread on the very precipice of indecency but in such a way that the underlying politician’s streak, can be appreciated by any audience familiar with the antics and false promises of the average wannabe president.
Thirty years ago Uys started his total onslaught against careless, corrupt and unacceptable politics with many visits to Windhoek with shows that reflected much of South West African politics too.
Careless, corrupt and crooked politicians and their cronies are still the primary source material for Uys’ hilarious portrayal of human reality.
‘Adapt or Fly’ is a personal political comedy along a familiar, long tiptoe trek to freedom, through the minefields of racism and sexism that have always made up the tarmac of the political freeway. Laughter at fear has always been Uys’s trademark, from the darkness of his first one-man show in 1982 ‘Adapt or Dye’, to the dazzling kaleidoscope of rainbow colours in this 2013 show ‘Adapt or Fly’. It is said when history repeats itself, it can take tragedy and turn it into farce. So banish the blues. Attend and enjoy the blacks, whites, browns, yellows and ‘others’ that make up the modern South Africa, and inevitably spill across its borders to impact the lives of its neighbours, ably facilitated by its most famous ambassador, Evita Bezuidenhout.
Tickets are available at the National Theatre in Windhoek at N$165.00 each.

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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.