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Immanuel’s long walk for AIDS victims

Immanuel Sheefeni with a supporter, on a stop during his long walk from Ongwediva to Windhoek.

Immanuel Sheefeni with a supporter, on a stop during his long walk from Ongwediva to Windhoek.

Immanuel Sheefeni is a young man who used to live on the streets but now is an entrepreneur, IT training specialist, business consultant, a motivational speaker and HIV activist. After learning of his HIV status last year, he decided to become an activist, saying “I wanted to educate my family, friends and everyone else out there about the virus” He made it his mission to lead an extraordinary life and wants to teach others to do the same.
Having pulled himself out of such a difficult stage in his life, from living on the streets to achieving so much in just 12 years, he did not let his HIV status change his view or attitude towards life. “I am very passionate about people, I love to help and do what I can to make a difference in a life each day, I feel it’s one of the pleasures of life” he said smiling. “Perhaps when others hear of me they will see that my life experiences demonstrate that even in the midst of obstacles, it is possible to achieve great things.” Recently he embarked on a walk from Ongwediva to Windhoek, a distance of over 700km. The walk which was a form of activism and protest against stigmatization. He said “I wanted to do something that requires energy, to all sectors who refrain from hiring HIV positive people. This is my way of showing them that we can do physical work too, stigmatization is unnecessary.” He is dedicated to making a difference by breaking the silence about HIV/AIDS and changing the mindsets of those he comes into contact with.
Sheefeni had training to prepare himself for the long walk, “I ran to Doebra every day for 3 months” adding that he could not ask to be accompanied on this walk because he could not ask others to take the risk that he was taking.

At the moment he is approaching sponsors for his HIV awareness tour. The tour requires donations for a fundraising campaign to raise HIV & AIDS awareness in high schools, town councils, regional offices, ministries, support group centres, community centres and youth centre. He said this is a way for him to do his part against the social epidemic. The donations will enable him to buy a minibus, video cameras and a sound system as well as to hire three artists to attract as much attention as possible during the campaign. “During the planned tour I will be informing the public, even those in rural areas about the reality of this pandemic, teaching the people how to prevent exposure particularly the youth and children as they are the most vulnerable. Further, to promote regular screening and treatment measures and above all to prove that you are not condemned even if infected thereby avoiding stereotyping which is one of the biggest issues we face in our continent” he explained.  He acknowledged the efforts of the government to spread the word about the illness and prevent it from spreading. “I would like to urge our leaders to highlight HIV in their speeches more and those churches that discourage their members from taking medication should stop.” He issued a stern warning to young people: “Youths should abstain or always play it safe and use protection.” “I am a person who loves to be innovative and create new products and services which are useful and valuable to others. Throughout my life I strove and am still striving to keep myself creative. I love to collaborate and have associations with like-minded individuals and corporations who have similar visions and goals. For me money is the outcome of your work and one should always cherish the work he or she intends to undertake. Success for me is a task well done and I like to live each day. My success goal and mantra is “Never accept defeat.”  “I look forward to associate with experienced and enterprising professionals to take my ventures to new horizons” he said.

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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.