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Best grain growers awarded

During the Katima Trade and Agricultural Fair 2013 held between 5 and 10 August, the best grain farmers were awarded with trophies and certificates by the Deputy Chair of the Namibian Agronomic Board, Ms Sirkka Iileka.

During the Katima Trade and Agricultural Fair 2013 held between 5 and 10 August, the best grain farmers were awarded with trophies and certificates by the Deputy Chair of the Namibian Agronomic Board, Ms Sirkka Iileka.

Mr Francis Imenda is the new champion maize farmer in Zambezi. He received this honour earlier in August at an award ceremony where the best maize and mahangu producers in Zambezi were announced. The first runner up is Mr Alfred Mbeha and the second runner up is Mr Stanley Tembwe.
These awards are for maize farmers growing dry-land crop, i.e. depending on rainfall only with zero irrigation. The awards are coordinated by the Namibian Agronomic Board.
During the same ceremony, the Mahangu Regional Winners were also announced. The Zambezi Regional Champion Mahangu Farmer title goes to a producer who cultivates 5 to 10 hectares of mahangu and was this year awarded to Mrs Mavis Kasungo. The Caprivi Regional Grand Champion Mahangu Farmer cultivates more than 10 hectares and was this year awarded to Mr Kristof Kasuka.
Earlier in the year, finalists amongst white maize and mahangu producers in the Zambezi Region were selected by a committee that includes representatives of the Namibian Agronomic Board, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the Likwama Farmers Union and the Agronomy Producers Association.
The finalists were visited on their farms and assessments of their operations were carried out. This includes, amongst others, the extent to which producers manage their farms to maximise their yield.
According to Ms Antoinette Venter, Administrative Manager of the Namibian Agronomic Board, the opportunity for the Board during such assessment visits is that Mr Hannes Grobbelaar, who is a commercial farmer, a Board member and representative of the Agronomy Producers Association, has the opportunity to make valuable contributions by way of advising the small scale farmers on issues such as production and planting methods.

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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.