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What women want – The Honda CR-V 2.4

The Honda CR-V 2.4 is everything a woman wants from a car. (Photograph contributed)The 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission, hi-range 4×4, make this SUV a honey to drive. But women consider elements other than break-neck speeds, engine output and performance specs when appreciating her personal set of wheels. I was immediately taken in by the CR-V’s aesthetics, attractive design, comfortable ride and easy driving.
If you don’t actually want to go off-roading in a serious way, but still need everything else offered by a 4×4, then the Honda CR-V is an excellent choice.
No big alterations were made to the new SUV model. The changes are distinct, but not radical. Swoopier headlights and a slightly flatter rear end are all that mark the latest CR-V from its predecessor. In its new version, it is an even better looking vehicle. Subtle cosmetic and design changes all contribute to enhancing its attractiveness and give it a fresh, modern look.
The big selling point for the CR-V is its practicality. A dividable boot space allows the ability to hide plenty of kit out of sight, and includes a handy shelf. The rear seats fold down individually to make it easer to load large items. The flat floor means that there’s plenty of legroom for rear passengers and headroom is generous, too. Access is very easy all round and the rear seats slide back and forth to alternate between more space in the boot or better legroom for passengers. There is an assortment of cubby holes and segments for cabin storage in the front of the car as well, with arm rests for the front two seats making the front of the car a comfortable and practical place to be.
An outstanding feature is the ample legroom for two grown-ups on the rear seat.
The suspension is a touch firm but not hard like in a bakkie. In a very short time I was used to the stiffer cornering and as I became more familiar with the SUV, actually enjoyed to push it a little harder than what I normally drive. And with its superb visibility all round, situational awareness is so much better than the run-of-the-mill SUVs.
The petrol engine is adequate, but it needs to be worked to get the CR-V going. It comes with a five-speed automatic gearbox, which is smooth most of the time, but can be a bit slow to change down a gear on occasions. The CR-V handles corners well, with minimal body roll, and light but accurate steering. Acceleration is adequate but it’s not quite as brisk as some four-cylinder competitors.
There’s very little wind and engine noise. The four-wheel drive system provides reassurance on gravel roads, even if you wont be taking the car offroad often.
Honda has fitted the CR-V with plenty of safety elements, including an advanced stability control system that counteracts a snaking caravan or trailer that you might be towing.
“Good to drive, well built and safe, the Honda CR-V is a solid and reliable performer.”
The CR-V 2.4 Elegance retails for N$376,272. There is a somewhat more affordable 2 litre version for N$312,618, and a very expensive top-of-the-range 2.4 Executive for N$423,583.

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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.