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Exceptionally classy and charming, the all new Mercedes Benz B Class

Exceptionally classy and charming, the all new Mercedes Benz B Class

Its not every day that one comes across a fuel efficient, affordable, classy and charming luxury hatchback so it will come as no surprise to find all these traits in a single car when you get the chance to drive the new Mercedes Benz B Class.
It has sporty contours, extending from the wedge-shaped bonnet across the roof pillars to the distinctive-sporty rear, plus a wide stance and chiselled wings. One glance is enough to tell you that the new B Class is something very special. The exterior design is confidently sporty and, thanks to optional packages, can be enhanced even further. It is so comfortable it has what it takes to be your second home,with a complete entertainment programme. This starts with the standard-fit Audio 20 CD and doesn’t stop with the optional Command Online multimedia system. The load compartment is unrivalled in its class: with 486 litres of capacity it swallows everything from a pushchair to the weekly shopping and gets even bigger with the standard East-Vario-Plus system. The new Blue Direct 4-cylinder petrol engine was developed with the objective of substantially reducing consumption and emissions without compromising on dynamism and ride comfort, resulting in state-of-the-art, trend-setting engine technology. The standard-fit suspension of the new B Class features comfortable spring characteristics and a tried-and-tested damping system for supreme handling safety. With its newly designed chassis the new B Class incorporates innovative components such as the 4-link rear axle, the Torque Vectoring Brake and the electric parking brake. Adequate spring travel, friction-optimised support length and exact compensation of transverse forces make for comfortable elasticity. The tuning of the twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers on the front axle has been optimised with regard to driving safety and driving dynamics. In addition noise from the chassis has been significantly reduced using special plastic components between the axle and body. That means that driving in the new B Class is always peaceful and comfortable. The car also has tyres with optimised rolling assistance which allows for more grip. You will most definitely get a 360 degrees drive experience when you step into one. Be spontaneous, be adventurous, be different, be exciting, drive the new Mercedes Benz B Class.

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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.