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Employers of domestic workers seek to protect their interests

 Vicki ya Toivo, special advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Social WelfareThe Namibia Employers Federation (NEF) recently announced its plans to establish an organisation for employers of domestic workers.
According to Tim Parkhouse, secretary general of NEF, the proposal to establish the Employers of Domestic Workers of Namibia Organisation (EDWNO) stems from the need to represent the views of employers of domestic workers to government, regional councils, municipalities and other institutions.
The proposal comes after Namibia voted in favour of the International Labour Organisation adopted Convention189 and Recommendation 201 during 2011, aimed at guiding countries on the conditions of employment of domestic workers. One of the conditions stated in this document, is that domestic workers receive N$12.50 per hour.
Parkhouse said that even though “Namibia may not have a serious problem as many other countries, we believe it is right to ensure that we do not go down hill in this regard. But at the same time we also need to ensure that the rights of employers of domestic workers are not neglected.”
Vicki ya Toivo, special advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, said that the Ministry welcome the plan to launch such an organisation.
“The establishment of an organisation of Employers of Domestic Workers will help Namibia achieve the objectives of Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic workers,” she said.
Once established, the organisation is set to act as a distinctive and focused voice on behalf of the employers and domestic workers, promote the use of contracts of employment as well as to promote good labour relations between employer and the domestic worker.
Membership will be open to any person in Namibia who employs on a regular basis one or more domestic workers for a minimum of one full day per week.
NEF has called upon employers of domestic workers to contact their offices and register their interest.
“Subject to the response an inaugural general meeting will be held. A council will also be elected and then the draft constitution will be finalised and approved and sent to the office of the labour commission for registration,” Parkhouse said.
Once established, NEF will be the facilitator of EDWNO.

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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.