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Entertainment heavyweights bring Genandendal to the stage

The Genadendal cast (f.l.t.r) David Ndjavera, Randall Wicomb, Aldo Behrens, Jo Decaluwe (Belgium) and Jacus Krige.

The Genadendal cast (f.l.t.r) David Ndjavera, Randall Wicomb, Aldo Behrens, Jo Decaluwe (Belgium) and Jacus Krige.

The score for a play that goes to stage next week, has been composed by star performer Randall Wicomb. Local heavyweight actors, David Ndjavera and Aldo Behrens give the performance its anchor as it strives to convey a discourse between St Peter and the Reaper. Wicomb also acts, taking the role of Koos, and the cast is complemented by the appearance of noted Belgium performer, Jo Decaluwe.
The play is staged at the National Theatre as an event in the bouquet offered during the Bank Windhoek Arts Festival.
Genadendal will be on stage next week from Wednesday to Saturday at the National Theatre in Windhoek. Genadendal is a musical fantasy loosely based on an exchange between St Peter standing at the Pearly Gates, and the Angel of Death, diarising the latter’s assignments of the day. Their task is constantly side tracked by a vaguely visible community – on mother earth – singing some heavenly music.
In the acting roles, David Ndjavera is the ‘Angel of Death’, Randall Wicomb is ‘Koos’ and Aldo Behrens plays ‘St Peter’.
Jacus Krige arranged Wicomb’s music, while Theo Cookson leads the Bank Windhoek Kalahari Ensemble.

Aldo Behrens crafted the story and wrote the script which he based on the lyrics of Prof RK Belcher. Randall Wicomb was commissioned to compose the music for these lyrics and Jo Decaluwe, owner of the Tinnenpot Theatre in Gent, Belgium, was invited to direct the musical. Decaluwe is well-known in Namibia for past performances in ‘Vincent van Gogh, Damiaan & Vandaag geen Hamlet, and he also directed ‘The Defence of Socrates with Aldo Behrens as Socrates.
These thirteen young voices of the Bank Windhoek Kalahari Ensemble have established themselves as excellent singers and became very popular in The Wannabe, Voete van ‘n Gemsbok, Say Shibbolet, The Cellist of Sarajevo, Kalahari Krismis and Jakob Morenga – lest we forget.

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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.