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(From left to right): Judges of the 4th Windhoek Lager Ambassador for 2013/2014: Cornelius Weyulu, Registrar and CEO of the Health Professions Council of Namibia; Ginger Mauney, award-winning wildlife filmmaker; Lesley Tjiueza,well-known NBC sports commentator and Kirsty Watermeyer , radio, TV and film personality.

(From left to right): Judges of the 4th Windhoek Lager Ambassador for 2013/2014: Cornelius Weyulu, Registrar and CEO of the Health Professions Council of Namibia; Ginger Mauney, award-winning wildlife filmmaker; Lesley Tjiueza,well-known NBC sports commentator and Kirsty Watermeyer , radio, TV and film personality.

The first nominations for the 4th Windhoek Lager Ambassadors initiative in the category Education start next week Tuesday, 01 October.
The programme, first launched three years ago, seeks to recognize Namibians who have done extraordinary things nationally in the fields of Education, Sports, Health, Science &Technology, Business, Arts, and Conservation and Community.
According to head judge of the programme, Kirsty Watermeyer, this year they are looking for people who set the example through their deeds and actions for others to follow but not with the intention of being the leader, instead with the intention of betterment for all.
“As with every year, this competition is about celebrating Namibian success stories. Celebrating Namibians who, despite the odds, are pushing forward not only to build a better life for themselves but also for their communities. An ambassador realizes that we are all part of one community and therefore by extending a hand to another you are also extending the hand to yourself,” she said.
“Being part of this project is such an honour as it allows us to see that there is so much to celebrate – so many achievements and so many admirable people in this country that are setting the example and blazing trails for others to follow. They are the ones creating a better life for today and also for tomorrow,” Watermeyer told the Economist.
Gladys Kahaka, Windhoek Lager Ambassador in the category Health, Science and Technology said this initiative is excellence as it recognises the contribution in many different fields, not only science.
“It means a lot to me, I am honoured to have been chosen as an ambassador, it means it’s a turning point for my research because they give some money for my research. It means promoting science especially to the youth and women. It is encouraging to myself and to the public, it means that the public recognise and see that what we are doing is also relevant even to the development of the country,” she said.
Jacquiline Pack, a Brand Manager at Namibia Breweries Ltd said, “These individuals go often unrecognised in society as their contributions are only noticeable by individual communities but through this programme we are committed to unearth Namibia’s gems, celebrate their achievements while giving them due recognition and appreciation for their selfless contributions.”
Rosemary Shipiki, Marketing Manager of NBL added that the programme is another avenue whereby the Breweries live its purpose by appreciating its heritage as a Namibian company, and celebrating the successes of Namibians that have humble but proud stories like the story of Windhoek Lager.
“As human beings, it is in our nature to need recognition, and acknowledgement for our efforts. For us the Windhoek Lager Ambassador programme is crucially important in recognising, celebrating and rewarding fellow Namibians who go the extra mile, are dedicated to our country and our people, and in their own way create a future and enhance life,” she said.
“For this programme to achieve that, we need your assistance by bringing forth or helping us to unearth those fellow Namibians that are working selflessly to advance the well-being of our communities or have achieved something extraordinary that Namibians should be aware of and take pride in,” Shipiki further added.
The programme was initiated three years ago as the Windhoek Lager Namibia Ambassador of the Year programme in celebration of Namibia’s 20 years of Independence and NBL’s 90 years of existence.

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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.