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Rhythm &Blues extraordinaire, Floritha at Kalabar

Be sure not to miss the best Rhythm & Blues Namibia has to offer. Upcoming Jazz star, Floritha will again entertain the audience with her soulful renderings at the Kalabar in the Hilton next week Thursday.

Be sure not to miss the best Rhythm & Blues Namibia has to offer. Upcoming Jazz star, Floritha will again entertain the audience with her soulful renderings at the Kalabar in the Hilton next week Thursday.

Following her successful ‘premiere’ two weeks ago and another star performance this week, Floritha will grace the popular Hilton Kalabar stage again on Thursday 17 October.
One might label her the ‘most recent star rising’ in the Namibian Music Industry. First, she surprised everyone – including the judges when she drew one of two ‘wild cards’ at the NTN 2013 ’Last Band Standing’ competition. This paved the way for her to compete against big names ‘Big Ben’ and ‘Etondo’ in the finals. She and her young band scooped fifth place, which is remarkable, since this was their debut live performance. Then with the song ‘I Owe It All to You’, Floritha clinched the Namibian Music Awards (NAMAs) award for Best R&B 2012/2013.
Floritha is a second year law student at the University of Namibia with an unyielding passion for music. It is striking to see how many fresh talents are emerging from Namibia’s South – in this case from the small Nama village of Gibeon. Floritha has an impressive vocal range, with a natural timbre and a voice that listeners are immediately drawn to. Coming from a pure Gospel background, she has been discovering and nurturing her novel love for R&B and soul. The young Nama girl does not shy away from house music and other genres.
Her album, also called ‘I Owe It All to You’, released at the end of 2012, features amongst others, a Kizomba number ‘By Your Side’. Expect original R&B, soul and African compositions as well as covers by Rihanna, Beyoncé, Adele and the like. Entrance is free. From 17:00 until 19:00, that is before her performance, the Kalabar has ‘happy hour’. Floritha hits the stage at 19:00 and continues with intervals until 21:30. She is accompanied by Ugly Creatures keyboard player Alfie Witbooi.

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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.