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Grants for UNAM research

From the left, Prof Isaac Mapaure, UNAM Research Coordinator; Mrs Alushe Nditya, Manager: Resource Mobilisation at the NCRST, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs & Research, Prof. Osmund Mwandemele and Dr. Kenneth Matengu, UNAM Director External and International Relations.

From the left, Prof Isaac Mapaure, UNAM Research Coordinator; Mrs Alushe Nditya, Manager: Resource Mobilisation at the NCRST, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor: Academic Affairs & Research, Prof. Osmund Mwandemele and Dr. Kenneth Matengu, UNAM Director External and International Relations.

Following a similar contribution to researchers at the Polytechnic of Namibia, the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology has awarded grants to researchers at the University of Namibia under the Namibia/South Africa Joint Bilateral Collaboration Research Programme.
The research commision, as the authority responsible for coordination and development of research, science, technology and innovation, has given researchers from the University of Namibia grants for a total of seventeen research projects to the value of over N$ 3 million over the period of two years, 2013/14 and 2014/15.
“Our partnership with the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology is critical because they recognise and appreciate the quality research and leadership of the University of Namibia, as most of the senior management of the Commission are products of UNAM.
 We congratulate all researchers who were awarded a grant today and encourage you to do your work around improving governance, products and services that will impact the Namibian nation”, said UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Research, Prof. Osmund Mwandemele
The grants were awarded to successful Namibian researchers and scientists in partnership with South African researchers from institutions of higher learning.

The UNAM researchers had to submitted project proposals to the commission for funding under the Namibia/South Africa Bilateral Collaboration Research Programme. The commission, shortly after if was inaugurated as a government agency, issued a call for proposals to fund research at tertiary institutions.
“The number of proposals submitted under this call, showed us the serious interest and potential of research in Namibia.
We are thus more committed to our mandate of strengthening research and development that will promote innovative products and services.” Said the commisssion’s Manager: Resource Mobilization and Grant Management, Mrs Alushe Nditya.
The purpose of the call for research proposals was to provide opportunities for joint, collaborative research between researchers in Namibia and South Africa, to establish the foundation for building a critical mass of researchers and scientific capacity for both countries.
The submitted research proposals cover Biosciences (with focus on food, agriculture and health technologies), Space Science (with emphasis on astronomy and earth observation), Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Mathematical sciences, Mineral Resources (with focus value addition), Laser Sciences, and Energy (with emphasis on renewable energy and efficiency).

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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.