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Best Namibian film and theatre productions awarded

Best Male Actor Dawie Engelbrecht for Now That I Can Talk About It

Best Male Actor Dawie Engelbrecht for Now That I Can Talk About It

Last week Saturday the Filmmakers Association of Namibia, in partnership with the Namibia Film Commission and the National Theatre of Namibia announced the winners of the 2014 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards, at a gala event held at the National Theatre.
The film commission extended congratulations to all the winners and participants in the 2014 Theatre and Film Awards.
Following are the category winners:
Lifetime Achievement, Paul van Schalkwyk and Stanley van Wyk. Best Original Screenplay
Ingrid Kinda & Krischka Stoffels for Coming Home. Best Original Music Score
Hishishi Papa & Philip Miller for Paths to Freedom. Best Sound Design
Guy Steer & Catherine Meyburgh for Paths to Freedom. Best Production Design Tanya Stroh for Coming Home. Best Cinematography Renier de Bruyn for Tjitji – The Himba Girl. Best Editor
Haiko Boldt for Everything Happens For A Reason. Best Male Actor
Dawie Engelbrecht for Now That I Can Talk About It. Best Female Actor Anna Louw for My Best Interest: Stinky Boy
Special Mention of the Jury Nicola Brandt for Indifference. Best Music Video Director Jana Eleanor Brückner for Undefended by Tonetic. Best Director Florian Schott for Everything Happens For A Reason. Audience Choice Award Andrew Botelle for Waterberg to Waterberg.
Best Documentary Film
Richard Pakleppa for Paths to Freedom. Best Narrative Film Virginia Witts for Tjitji – The Himba Girl.

The film jury consisted of Hans-Christian Mahnke (chair), Aino Moongo, Simon Wilkie, Byron Joseph, and Jane Katjavivi.
All the films and videos were presented to the public from 28 September to 05 October. A total of 264 votes were cast by the public for the Audience Choice Award.
Two Lifetime Achievement Awards were announced for actor Stanley van Wyk (posthumously) and filmmaker and TV station founder, Paul van Schalkwyk (posthumously).

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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.