Select Page

First Turkish film week starts at FNCC

Oblivion is a new-generation science fiction film telling the story of how the earth is systematically destroyed by extraterrestrial beings (aliens), called Scavs. The aliens first attacked earth by destroying the moon, causing earthquakes and tsunamis. The humans have apparently won the war but they can no longer stay on earth because of the destruction it has suffered, therefore the humans have relocated to Saturn’s moon, Titan. But the only problem is that Titan does not have the same energies for humans to be able to survive on it.
This is where Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) and Victoria “Vika” Olsen (Andrea Riseborough) come in. They are the only humans left on Earth to protect the offshore generators from the Scavs who still roam the mother planet. These energy installations are generating power for the colonists on Titan. Jack and Vika’s memories have been erased, they are instructed by mission controller Sally (Melissa Leo), who checks up on them regularly to see how they are doing. There are also machines called Drones that help Jack protect the generators.

But eventually Jack senses that there is something out of place and he keeps on dreaming about a women and he misses the days when Earth was as it was, and believes that it can still be saved. But unfortunately Vika is all about following orders and following the rules. The tide turns when a spacecraft crashes on Earth with humans on board, but the Drones kill them. As fate would have it, Jack manages to save one human, the women who always haunts his dreams Julia (Olga Kurylenko). Unbeknownst to Jack, Julia is his wife. Jack and Vika nurse her to health, but Julia refuses to divulge what her mission was. Julia and Jack go back to the crashed spacecraft to secure the flight recorder, but they get captured by the Scavs, for them only to find out that the Scavs are humans too and the aliens are the controlling force they are taking orders from.
Oblivion is a well-made film. The cinematography depicts exactly how I would picture Earth after life is destroyed, desert like, drab and windy. Tom as usual, is always perfect in every role that he plays. He also makes the supporting actors look good and brings out the best in them. He makes acting look so easy.
The film might seem boring at first because there is only interaction between two people, but even this interaction is interesting and very intense. Eventually more players come in, just be patient. This film has everything in it, it has action, thriller, mystery, romance, and humour, I can go on and on. Therefore everyone will enjoy that it has a happy ending, which was actually a very nice surprise for me. Even though I have never been a science fiction fan, I  recommend everyone to rent Oblivion and watch it. It is a well rounded science fiction film and if you can just stretch your mind to include the possibility of a post-apocalyptic earth, then this is an excellent portrayal of such conditions.

About The Author

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.