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Bank warns of cellphone scam

As more phishing scams continue to surface, Bank Windhoek has warned its clients against a new SMS scam also referred to as SmiShing (SMS and Phishing).
In the latest scam, clients receive a SMS on their cellphone purported to have been send from “Bank Windhoek Internet Banking.”
The SMS which is currently circulating reads: “Reference number NA 133. Your mailbail has won N$300,000 from South Africa Powerball Lottery. Call Mr. Paul for more information. Tel: +27 71 7059937, E-mail:
Wilfried Hähner, communication practitioner of reputation management marketing and corporate communication services at Bank Windhoek, warns that this is a fraudulent SMS and clients are requested not to react to such SMSes, even if they look authentic.
Bank Windhoek will under no circumstances communicate personal information with clients via SMS and email nor will clients be requested to submit confidential information to the bank, he said.
“Clients should never react to any SMS or email requesting them to update or verify their account details. Please note that Bank Windhoek cannot accept responsibility for financial loss if a client has given his personal information out of free will to a fraudster,” Hähner said.
He said that thorough definitions and examples of SmiShing scams can be found on Wikipedia and Webopedea web pages.
“If you have received any suspicious SMSes or e-mails relating to Bank Windhoek, please immediately contact Bank Windhoek’s Electronic Channel Division on Tel: (061) 299 1881, or (061) 299 1882, or alternatively send an email to,” Hähner added.

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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.