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Film Review – Die Vier Hoeke (Four Corners)

Director: Ian Gabriel
Screenplay: Terence Hammond and Hofmeyr Scholtz
Cast: Brendon Daniels, Jezzriel Skei, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Abduragman Adams
Genre: Crime
Rating:****

Four Corners tells the story of released prisoner Farakhan (Brendon Daniels) who was affiliated with a gang called the 28, but no longer wants anything to do with them. He just wants to find his son. But upon returning to his deceased father’s home, he finds several gang members staying there, only now they call themselves 26. But eventually he gets them out and goes about his business looking for his son. Eventually the gang accepts that he is done with gang life, but trouble still seems to follow him.
Meanwhile 13-year old chess player Ricardo (Jezzriel Skei) is trying by all means not to get involved with the 26 crew that rules his neighborhood, especially their leader Gasant (Irashaad Ally), who recruits local boys to do his dirty work in exchange for lots of cash. But smart and soft spoken Ricardo sees chess as both a way of life and a way of avoiding the thug life. But he is soon caught in the middle of Farakhan (his father), who wants to help save him and Gasant who wants to recruit him and get revenge on Farakhan.
There are also two additional plot lines of police officer Tito (Abduragman Adams) who is chasing a serial killer preying on teenage boys and trying to stop the gang violence in the Cape Flats, and doctor Leila (Lindiwe Matshikiza) who just returned from England for her father’s funeral, wanting only to leave and go back to England. Instead as it turns out, she hooks up with her childhood friend Farakhan. All four these characters intertwine and make this film as dramatic as it should be.

This film is just so full of drama, every scene forced me to the edge of my seat biting my finger nails. The story explicity shows the audience how your birth place can seal your fate. The imagery of the film is clear and I loved the parts where it went into slow motion to emphasise a specific event that is going to happen. But sometimes I felt that some scenes are just unnecessary, maybe the director wanted to make the  film longer. But I loved the acting and the fact that all the actors are local, no foreign actors trying to master the South African accent or township vernacular.
Four Corners really depicts the life of a coloured township or suburb, whether it be in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or Pretoria. I am not just saying that because of hearsay, I actually lived for a month in a coloured township and that month was enough for me. And imagine living there all your life, how do you escape that?
People who have not been exposed to township life are quick to say it does not matter where you were born, if you want to make something of your life you can. How many children actually get out of situations like that. Just a handful.
A very intense film that shows unadulterated South African street violence. This is a must see!

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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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.