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First Mother & Baby Wellness Emporium at the Show

Organiser of the Mother and Baby Wellness Emporium, Riana Hamilton Visser.

Organiser of the Mother and Baby Wellness Emporium, Riana Hamilton Visser.

For the past three years, the Windhoek Show Society has hosted concurrently with its annual show, a specialised expo, the Mother and Baby Wellness Emporium. This year, Hall K. (Old Swakara Hall) is dedicated to this specialist event.
“We want to try every year in the show to have a little expo, last year it was a career expo, this year it will be a Mother and Baby Wellness Emporium, again an expo but focusing on mothers and babies. This is a very specialised expo which will have presentations attached to it and many other activities,” Harald Schmidt, Vice President of the Windhoek Show Society said to the Economist last week.
Organiser of the event, Riana Hamilton Visser said the idea for the emporium has been in the loop for some time now but the platform to host a stand-alone exhibition for such an emporium is too costly.
“The Namibian market is too small, so we approached the Windhoek Show Society to have an emporium within the Windhoek Show. The emporium is more about information sharing, and discussion of topics such as surrogacy in Namibia and what the law says and various other topics,” she said.
“Research over the past few years, plus in-depth discussions and research with various manufacturers, agents, retailers and, in particular, mothers, has shown that there is a great need for a fresh marketing platform where businesses can promote and sell their products and services to Namibian parents and parents to be,” she added.
On the emporium’s Facebook page, Visser said that the “Windhoek Show is a perfect place to host the emporium because parents are always searching for the latest information and development, therefore will invest time and money in their most precious gifts, their kids!. Parents already visit the Windhoek Show.”
“Therefore exhibitors and speakers have the perfect opportunity to market their products and services available in Namibia. Young and inexperienced parents are in need of very helpful tips and information in raising their children; mature parents needs advice with challenges they face in today’s fast evolving world with their little ones. This platform will give potential speakers the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise. Parents are already visiting the Annual Windhoek Show – we add value to their visit and future follow-ups to service providers,” she added.
The Mother and Baby Wellness Emproium runs throughout the Windhoek Show period from 27 September to 04 October 2013 in Hall K (Old Swakara Hall).

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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.