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2013 Windhoek Show. What to Expect?

The Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show (WIAS) is a trade fair that is held annually. It combines an agricultural exhibition, several industrial and retail offerings, and a range of entertainment. People flock to the WIAS every year to experience the wonders of the show, or to escape from their realities if only for a few hours.
This year the WIAS starts on the 27th of September and ends on the 5th of October. I have no high expectations for this year’s WIAS. All I really expect is disappointment, disappointment and more disappointment. The last time I went to the WIAS was 2011 and I only stayed for an hour, that should tell you a lot about how disappointing it was for me.
Every year its the same thing, I can even tell you which companies stalls are situated where or in which hall to expect them, that’s how predictable the WIAS is. But thousands of people still flock to the show grounds. For what I ask myself?
Maybe to go to a different place that they usually go to every weekend? Or is it to mingle with strangers or a big crowd? Don’t know the answer to that, but the atmosphere changes in Windhoek when the show is on. People get a spring in their step and the children are all excited. For me personally I get that warm fuzzy feeling inside when I meet a long lost friend at the show. Then you exchange numbers but you know in your heart of hearts you will not even attempt to get in touch with that person, because there’s a reason you are not friends with that person any more ‘Right?’. But none the less its a wonderful feeling.
The first thing I do when I enter the gates of the WIAS is just start walking around, to get used to the atmosphere and see what grabs my attention. Then I walk back to the gate and stand in front of the snake park for about 20 minutes contemplating if I should go in or not. I’m terrified of snakes but I just love the adrenaline rush when I see them or touch them. This is the best part of the WISA for me, I get the shivers just thinking about it. After the rush comes the time to spend money.
Even though I am a grown woman, once in a while I love to go on the rides and eat candy floss, with my nieces and nephews just to feel like a kid again and escape the realities of adulthood. But no, no those rides don’t look safe at all, I even make sure the kids don’t go on the ones that look dangerous and unsafe, with all the rust. Even the worst of the worst of taxis look much safer than some of those rides. I get a lot of tears for that, but its better to be safe than sorry, I won’t even risk it.
I don’t even bother going to the back of the show grounds,where all the expensive goodies are, because I know I won’t be able to afford the cars, boats or cows on display, so why go and drool over them? “Not my style”. But one day it will be the first place I start with. I don’t even buy food there unless its for the kids, but I make sure we leave home “duk geeet”. The only things I’ve ever bought at the WIAS is jewellery, that I can’t resist. But I might as well just go and buy at Town Square because they are all the same. And after the show is done you will see every second person in town wearing the same earrings as yours.
And then there are the beer tents, eish, I won’t even go there, that’s another topic on its own. Its seems like some people only go to the show for the beer tents, I am not here to judge, each to their own.
But any how, I will definitely be at the WIAS this year, with no high expectations, because I know it will be the same old same old. But I will make sure I enjoy myself, its about time. Say hi to me if you see me there, but don’t expect a call!!

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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.