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UNAM hosts EEASA conference

The University of Namibia, Namibia Environmental Education Network (NEEN), Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development Khomas-Erongo Region is hosting the 32nd Annual Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) which started on 8 September and will conclude on 12 September.
The EEASA conference is a very important annual event in the field of environmental education in Southern Africa. It has over the years proved to be a very useful forum for environmental education practitioners from diverse backgrounds in Southern Africa and outside the continent to share ideas, reflect on their practices and improve environmental education in the region.
EEASA is a regional organisation established to facilitate environmental and sustainable development education throughout Southern Africa.

The Association is co-ordinated by a council in which a number of countries in the region are represented. Part of the goals of the association is to provide environmental education (EE) practitioners with technical skills, information and  opportunities to share ideas and experiences in the overall effort to sustainably protect environment and promote sustainable living for all.
EEASA conferences are attended by world-renowned educationists, environmentalists and writers from leading world universities and institutions.
The conference has been hosted in several countries including South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
Namibia hosted the EEASA Conference ten years ago in 2003. As part of the commitment to support environmental education in the region the association encourages the rotation of the conference amongst members.
The overall objective is to share critically and reflect upon the activities in EE and ESD within the region and to identify and share best practices and challenges from the first UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development in order to inform the post DESD framework programme for the Southern African region and contribute to the framework programme globally.
The focus will be on current and emerging issues and practices in EE and ESD.

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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.