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Offbeat – 2 March 2012

I thought about the whole thing mathematically, so now is a good time to swallow the Panado, unless your doctor has suggested otherwise, in which case, call him, read this column out loud and ask him what he recommends.

A bunch of mathematicians and scientists are jumping on the atheist bus again. “God doesn’t exist,” they say. It’s the secular creed. Ironically, it comes across as, “Believe in us.”
Something doesn’t make sense there, swapping one belief for another. We might muddy the waters with a bit of agnosticism and turn the argument on its head. In the absence of evidence, how do you disprove the unprovable. If you are going to carry on reading this, you may want a headache tablet.
I am a believer in God. I am not a Christian, a Muslim or a Jew, but I do believe in the God of Abraham. I am not a preacher or proselytizer. I don’t need you to believe things the way I do. I am secure in my own faith, and I am happy if you have your own as well. Vindicating one another with agreement on mutual belief will not make you or me, or our different relationships with God any more valid than they already are.
I am not happy with the way Christians attempt to convert me to their beliefs. I am not sure that I have the right to claim a beach house in heaven on the basis of ascribing to their interpretations and following their rites. Personally, I think that is God’s decision.
Nor am I happy with atheists who would rather have it that I was into rational secularism. Folks, if you are of the strand that doesn’t believe in beliefs, please don’t ask me to believe in you or your arguments either. And by the way, your glassy eyes and rigid smiles are the same as the glassy eyes and rigid smiles of those people who come to the gate asking if I have been saved.
That is my message, which leaves me with space for a couple of thousand characters including spaces, which I need to fill. I am going to open up a few of the ideas I toyed with while working through my own beliefs.
I thought about the whole thing mathematically, so now is a good time to swallow the Panado, unless your doctor has suggested otherwise, in which case, call him, read this column out loud and ask him what he recommends.
Most events can be predicted with some or other degree of confidence on a graph. The various points, at which these events are expected, are influenced by known variables or various undefined variables, which have an influence within the parameters of what is expected. If you are a statistician, you will know I am talking about ‘force to fit’.
The interesting thing is that there will be variables that are so far of the clusters of points, that the variables just don’t seem to make sense. This is perfectly normal. Those points get the stuffing aggregated out of them or are discarded.
What if the time series was expanded, over decades or over generations to cover a family. It might just be possible to isolate the points that really don’t fit as a parallel data range and regress them to come up with a second curve running parallel to the expected curve. This new curve then becomes dependent on variables which can’t be explained.
As someone, I forget his name, once said, “Any science that is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic.”
This also implies that some measure of faith is needed to absorb data which doesn’t have any observable variables. Ignoring the points and dismissing the difficult variables has a long and rich history. The earth was flat once, and the sun circled it. Paul Kruger is rumoured to have denied the existence of the giraffe, which wasn’t mentioned in the Bible.
In the context of my own belief, I am quite happy to go with the idea that God is an unobservable variable.
There are other things that make me comfy with my own belief. Seeing death has shown me just how much can depart the body. Dreams of family members who have passed defy the logic of my memories of them.
Whether you are an atheist or a Christian, Muslim or Jew, there is no point taking it further. Crusades and cults have a way of becoming irrelevant as time passes. As I said, I have my beliefs, and the best that I can wish you is to take comfort in your own beliefs

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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.