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Nicky Marais flies solo at Omba

Small books, one of the latest Nicky Marais paintings currently on display at the Omba Gallery.

Small books, one of the latest Nicky Marais paintings currently on display at the Omba Gallery.

Iconic Namibian painter and head of the Department of Visual Art and Craft at the College of The Arts  in Windhoek, Nicky Marais, is doing another solo exhibition of a collection of her more recent work at the Omba Gallery. This exhibition shows random patterns in a wide selection of divergent works. The exhibition under the theme New Work by Nicky Marais is her seventh solo exhibition and her first after an absence of five years.

The exhibition opened its doors to the public on 2 December and has been well received by fans of the painter as well as art lovers.
The past fifteen years have seen Marais’ work follow an increasingly non-representational trajectory.
Colour, shape and line combine on paper and canvas to create paintings of formidable intensity.
She  expresses an obsession with the random patterns of contemporary urban life, sharply contrasted with the orderly patterns of natural objects, the underlying premise for the artwork at this exhibition.
The artworks express her fascination not only with pattern, but also the movement created by juxtaposing different shapes in repetition, in a variety of complex compositions.
Very large and very small works by Marais are currently on display with the intention to recreate for the observer, the contrast and tension she uses as subject matter in the works. The exhibition also includes ‘Small Books’ of art, visual records substantiating the inner force that compels Marais to constantly create.
New Work by Nicky Marais runs until Sunday 22 December

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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.