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Dancing for the Day of the African Child

The OYO Dance Troupe started their tour of the country this week to raise awareness of the rights of children.

The OYO Dance Troupe started their tour of the country this week to raise awareness of the rights of children.

For more information about the tour, contact Karolina or Cecilia at 061- 254915.

The OYO Dance Troupe, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has embarking on a two-week tour to celebrate the Day of the African Child. They intend to visit 27 schools and six communities, raising awareness about the rights of children. The tour started on Wednesday and will continue until 18 June.
The OYO Dance Troupe was created in 2008, gaining its first international recognition this year when invited to perform at the Commonwealth youth dance festival in Glasgow later this month. They leave for the UK on 28 June.

But before they leave they will visit the Omusati, Oshana and Otjozondjupa regions performing ‘When The Tides Turn’ by Jen Irons, a play that investigated various nuances of stigma and discrimination. During this tour they will also perform ‘Erotica?’, on abstinence and peer pressure, and ‘He Loved Me’, on gender violence, both by Philippe Talavera.
On 16 June every year, the African Union and its partners celebrate the Day of the African Child, in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. The students protested against an education system designed to further the purpose of the apartheid regime.
The 1976 school protests marked the beginning of civil resistance at grassroots level which contributed to the eventual collapse of the apartheid regime.
The Day of the African Child presents an opportunity for all stakeholders on children’s rights, including government, non-governmental and international organisations to reflect on issues affecting children in the SADC region.
 This day is an opportunity to take stock of the progress made and the outstanding challenges of the full realisation of the rights of children in every member country.
This year’s theme is ‘child friendly, quality free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’.
The OYO troupe said this week Namibia has achieved a lot in terms of free and compulsory education particularly in Primary School and has a good enrollment record compared to other African countries. However more can be done regarding child friendly education, particularly on sensitive topics such as HIV/Aids and gender violence, therefore this is the purpose of their tour.

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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.