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Talking fingers in 2014

From the left are the photographer of the CLaSH calender ,Mechthild Merdes, Head of Marketing at Standard Bank, Thaddeus Maswahu, Director of CLaSH, Heide Beinhauer, Head of Risk Compliance at Standard Bank, Ehrenfried Meroro with CLaSH children at the launch of the new calendar. (Photograph by Melba Chipepo).

From the left are the photographer of the CLaSH calender ,Mechthild Merdes, Head of Marketing at Standard Bank, Thaddeus Maswahu, Director of CLaSH, Heide Beinhauer, Head of Risk Compliance at Standard Bank, Ehrenfried Meroro with CLaSH children at the launch of the new calendar. (Photograph by Melba Chipepo).

Standard Bank Namibia and ClaSH this week launched the 2014 ClaSH calender. This is the 17th edition sponsored by the bank.
The calender has assisted ClaSH to raise international and local awareness on the needs and services available for hearing impaired children in Namibia. In addition to the calender, Standard Bank also supports ClaSH’s outreach programmes that are aimed at identifying children with hearing loss at an early stage. Standard Bank Namibia provided N$105,000 to CLaSH, mainly for the production of the 2014 calender, while the remaining funds are used for the necessary outreach efforts.
“Let my fingers do the talking” is the message for the calender of 2014, mirroring the same message as last year’s only that it is using different words to say “even though we are deaf we can talk nevertheless”. The calender does not only illustrate the richness of sign communication but also the incredible expressiveness of the deaf children’s faces.
The 2014 calender is in A4 format and is more user-friendly in the sense that is can readily be used as a diary as well.
The calendar sells for N$80 and is available at the CLaSH offices near the Polytechnic in Windhoek, at various bookshops country wide, and from Penduka.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.