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Nam Rugby to join big boy league

Catch me if you can. From the archives: NAU has welcomed the inclusion of a Namibian team in next year’s Vodacom Cup competition which is set expose the boys to high intensity rugby before the commencement of the World Cup.

Catch me if you can. From the archives: NAU has welcomed the inclusion of a Namibian team in next year’s Vodacom Cup competition which is set expose the boys to high intensity rugby before the commencement of the World Cup.

The Namibian Rugby Union (NRU) has welcomed the inclusion of a Namibian team in next year’s Vodacom Cup competition. NRU president Bradley Basson, confirmed on Tuesday that the South African Rugby Union (SARU) has agreed to Namibia’s request to be included in the 16 team competition that will run from early March through to the end of May.
“It is the best thing that could have happened to Namibian rugby in our build-up towards the Rugby World Cup, we have a number of local based players who are not exposed to high level rugby and they will benefit from this,” said Basson from Carcavelos, Portugal where the national team is preparing for a test match against Portugal on Saturday.

The final fixtures need to be ratified by the SARU Executive council next month but Basson said that there were strong indications that Namibia would be allowed to play all of their 8 matches in Windhoek.
“The other good thing is that SARU has convinced teams to play all the games against us in Windhoek, so our players who are all amateurs can continue to do their jobs, train in the mornings and evenings and be ready for the match over the weekend, it will also save the NRU a lot of expenses and at this stage, we really do have to look at our finances as we will need a lot of resources to prepare for the World Cup.”
“It will help with the players’ conditioning, they will be exposed to high intensity rugby and with eight of these matches, they will be much better prepared for the tests we plan in June in the CAR Competitions as well as World Rugby’s Nations Cup and off course for the World Cup in September,” said Basson.
According to the NRU president it will also present his union with the opportunity to generate interest in the Namibian team before they head off for England.
“That is one of the most important aspects, that we will be able to get the people of Namibia behind the team and to get spectators back to rugby.” Basson said the inclusion of Namibia in the Vodacom Cup competition was a result of a very strong relationship with SARU.”
They remain our big brother and we are immensely grateful to SARU and the teams who have agreed to travel to Windhoek. We promise them Namibian hospitality at its best.” The details of which group Namibia will be playing in, and against which teams as well as the final dates will be confirmed by SARU in December.
Meanwhile the Namibian Rugby Union has named the 23 man squad to play against Portugal at the University of Lisbon this Saturday for the final match of the Windhoek Draught Northern Hemisphere Tour.

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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”).

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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.