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Nadduli – Museveni to Blame for Landlord-Bibanja Holder Conflicts

interviewBy Baker Batte Lule

Hajji ABDUL NADDULI, the minister without portfolio, has said he will never support any bill that takes away people’s right to own land.

Speaking to The Observer’s Baker Batte Lule at his office in Kampala, Nadduli said the current land laws are sufficient to deal with compulsory land acquisition since require prior and prompt compensation of owners.

What are your thoughts about the proposed Constitution Amendment Bill 2017?

The 1900 Buganda agreement created two categories of landowners; where one owns land and the other kibanja. The agreement also provided that in case government needed to use someone’s land, it would be taken over and the owner compensated.

On the other hand, when the owner of the land wants to use it, he would either buy it from the kibanja holder or compensate him with another kibanja.

The Busuulu and Nvujo law also emphasized that both the land and kibanja owners had perpetual rights over their land. That is the reason I fought with katikkiro Peter Mayiga on the issue of Kyapa mu Ngalo because he wanted to turn our bibanja into leases that expire after 50 years.

The Kabaka, who the 1900 agreement gave 350 square miles of land; can he use it all to the exclusion of other Baganda?

If we are to protect this country, we have to be like a bicycle; it has two tires and two brakes. Land is the rear brake; the most effective on the bicycle and the kibanja is the front brake but they best work when they are both applied. So, if you want to front one at the expense of the other, you will be causing problems for the country.

Going back to the amendment, what do you think is the most contentious issue?

I don’t support any law that gives Museveni or the government the right to ownership of our land because the power to use any piece of land for government projects is already provided for in the laws starting with the 1900 Buganda agreement.

When I saw him in Masaka saying that he agrees that people should be compensated first by putting in place two valuers, I jubilated. Those who first gave us the copy said that after government valuing your land, they will throw you whatever amount they want and then say go to court; that will be thuggery.

But I would like to say that even you who is currently in power and using it to steal people’s properties even yours will be stolen one day. This is a government; it has no friendship; today you are in tomorrow you are out; it’s like boarding a bus, when you pay, you are given a seat but that doesn’t mean that they have given you ownership of the bus.

So, how do you want government to handle this issue?

Government can only own land when it is going to use it for projects that benefit all people. Let me ask you; don’t we need cattle as a country?

But have you heard that in this current amendment when Ugandans need cows, they can just go to someone’s farm and pick and then they [owners] are paid later? So, why are people interested in one item; land? Can somebody who has no account in a bank write a cheque and they give him money?

For someone to own land, that is their claim of citizenship in this country; when government takes that away and the account that has been showing Nadduli now reads government, that will be source of problems.

I also want to teach those who come from outside of Buganda that saying that people who collaborated with whites were traitors is wrong. Museveni has been in Kibaale giving out titles; whom has he betrayed? Those two acts are conflicting.

The Kabaka gave out titles and you are also giving out titles; how do you turn around and criticise him for being a traitor; how? That is undermining people; we must appreciate the role played by those who came before us. We shouldn’t think that it is only us who have contributed to this country.

Buganda signed an agreement with the whites to become a protectorate in 1894. This saved it from becoming a colony like Kenya where all the [good] land was taken over by whites and Indians. Is it what he also wanted to happen in our country?

Tooro became part of Uganda in 1900, Ankole in 1901, the entire eastern became part of Uganda in 1903, Kigezi 1910, Lango and Acholi 1912, West Nile 1914, Karamoja 1926 and Bunyoro in 1933. That is the Uganda we have today. What does Museveni say about this kind of arrangement and where was he?

None of these regions has a signature on our 1900 Buganda agreement that also brought them to join what we now call Uganda. They came to get services from here.

Therefore, those of you who just joined us, you can’t force us to abandon what belongs to us. We shouldn’t do it because if we do [so], it will kill our unity and the next time Uganda disintegrates, we might not fight for it. We might fight for our different regions so that everybody goes back where they came from. If you don’t want to take in the Buganda agreement wholly, then jump over.

But doesn’t Museveni have a point when he says there was some unfairness in the way land was divided which is now fuelling land evictions?

This Museveni era is the one which has brought conflicts between bibanja and land owners; he should just clean his regime.

Tell me starting with the 1960s and 1970s which group came out and evicted people from their bibanja? It’s them who have brought this havoc; the law used to be respected, when you need a kibanja, you buy it, when you need land, you buy it; that’s all.

How should government handle the friction between landowners and squatters?

The president should come out strongly and recruit civil servants who have love for this country and loyalty to him. We now have young people like you who are FDC but working in the NRM government that they don’t want. That’s why they are trying to antagonise the government.

They have been wondering why the NRM is so strong in the villages and that’s why they are bringing this turmoil to turn upside down our government. I call on the president to look out for these people and chase them out of our government.

Are you not trying to look for scapegoats to hide your government’s failures?

You know it’s when the issue of land came up that Besigye also started campaigns on land. How? Why doesn’t he go and do those campaigns in his area?

But it’s the president moving around the country educating us on the need of the law; how then do you say it’s an FDC thing?

There have been people misleading the president on this thing of land because we have the law that provides for government acquisition of land without changing the current law. You can’t just wake up one morning and take over the ownership of a property that my forefathers fought for. Can that be possible?

Now that we have the law, on what should the government focus attention?

Like I said, there are some people who misled the president because when you look at the current law, it’s sufficient to enable government acquire land and also compensate owners.

Government put in place a committee headed by the vice president to internalise this bill and come out with a report. Do you think it’s also wasting time?

Government business has what we call terms of reference. What were that committee’s terms of reference? Having a pathologist doesn’t stop me from disagreeing on a postmortem, but this doesn’t invalidate their work.

Let the committee come up with their report but we also have opinions about the bill. In any case, the Constitution is bound to be changed. FDC was saying we shouldn’t change the law but how will they then put in what they want if they think the law cannot be changed?

I also don’t know where the MPs from Buganda are in all this. Many said they were going to parliament to fight for Buganda issues but have you heard them say anything? Is the Buganda they said they were going to fight for in heaven?

Even us as Baganda, we have demands; why do we leave all the amendments to be brought by Museveni?

Our 9,000 square miles of land we have been asking for are not for Banyankore, Bacholi or Langi. It is for Baganda, it’s the time for them to bring back our land. It’s time for the Baganda to also come out; if government wants to amend the law, they must first give us something in return. This is a situation of give and take, it’s the only way we can have our MPs support this bill.

But you speak like you are not part of government.

When I’m talking about issues affecting Uganda, don’t give me sides; I’m a Ugandan. In the same breath; when I’m talking about Buganda issues, I talk about them as a Muganda; so, when you say you belong to this or that side, you are trying to gag me.

NRM MPs have resolved to table in parliament a private member’s bill to scrap age limits. What’s your take on the matter?

If MPs convened to consult themselves, what’s wrong with it? The problem is that many of you have interpreted this as if the law has been passed.

The proposal can be rejected. However, I also want to tell those MPs that they should come up with briefs to show us the usefulness of that proposal. They shouldn’t leave us hanging.

But do you think it’s wise to remove age limits from our Constitution?

How old are you? Have you bothered to find out how many of the developed countries have got age limits in their constitutions? Does the United Kingdom, France, Italy have age limits?

But all those countries have strong institutions that anyone can use them to come to power not like in countries like ours where the EC and all other organs are subservient to the president.

Recently the president told NTV that he will never stand as president past 75 years of age. Now he is speaking with a tongue in the cheek telling us to go and ask doctors about the fitness of someone who is post 75. Can your boss be trusted?

The Baganda say: Ak’omuntu sik’ante nti weyakaabira jjo n’olwaleero. We people change. That’s even how countries grow. There has never been and there will never be soft politics even if it’s FDC in power.

Rwanda: UTB to Construct New Home at Rebero

By Eddie Nsabimana

The University of Tourism, Technology and Tourism Studies (UTB) plans to construct a new home at Rebero in Kicukiro District by November 2018, officials said on Friday.

The construction of the new premises worth Rwf 12.5 billion is set to start at the beginning of October, according to Dr Callixte Kabera, the University Vice Chancellor.

Speaking at a news briefing at the University, Kabera said their expansion plan would enable them to extend academic services to more local and regional students.

“There is growing demand from students but we are limited by our current facility’s capacity. The new premises will open doors to more students,” said Kabera.

The new facility, Kabera said, will almost double the number of students it used to admit from 4000 to 8000, targeting the 2018-19 academic year.

The university also plans to increase the number of staff when the new campus opens.

According to the University administration, Rebero campus will be a multi-service complex building with lecture halls, libraries, and other pedagogical facilities.

The three-year-construction project will be done in three phases with the first phase to build lecture rooms and administrative offices and library expected to start in October.

The next phase will see the construction of hostels with capacity to accommodate at least 400 students.

In the final phase, the university will build a Cultural Village and Community Tourism Center, home to the handicrafts exhibition, entertainment and cultural elaboration to tourists as well as a gymnasium that will harbor a variety of sports facilities.

The last two phases of the project will cost Rwf 10.5 billion.

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Egypt: EIB Provides U.S.$15 Million for Egypt Mid-Cap Fund

press release

Luxembourg — The European Investment Bank has signed an agreement to invest USD 15 million in Egypt Mid-Cap, a generalist private equity fund targeting growth capital investments in small and medium-sized private companies located in Egypt. The fund has attracted USD 85 million of commitments, including USD 70 million from other international and local co-investors. This is the first EIB operation signed in Egypt under the Risk Capital Facility for the Southern Neighbourhood Countries and the first investment in an Egyptian fund since 2011.

Managed by Ezdehar Management, the fund will target growth capital investments in Egyptian SMEs that are seeking to grow their business at above average growth rates. The fund investments are expected to create between 1200 to 1600 direct new jobs. The fund has a target size of USD 100 million with a hard cap of USD 120 million. Current investors include EBRD, CDC UK, FMO and local investors.

The EIB Risk Capital Facility is part of the “EU Initiative for Financial Inclusion”, which has been developed jointly by the European Commission and several European Financial Institutions, among them the EIB. The initiative is a comprehensive programme to help micro, small and medium-sized businesses in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region to become more competitive and grow. It provides finance and know-how to boost development and create jobs. In this way, it contributes to job creation and economic growth in the Southern Neighbourhood Countries.

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Zimbabwe: Nothing Learnt, Nothing Forgotten

editorial

Like the Bourbons who, upon their early 19th Century restoration in France after the revolution, showed they had learnt nothing and forgotten nothing from the violent upheaval, Zimbabwe seems doomed to repeat its own mistakes from last decade’s crisis.

The Bourbons learnt nothing from circumstances that led to one of their predecessors being executed, nor did they forget, or change, their appalling conduct which sparked the revolution in the first place. No doubt petrified by the rapid worsening of economic conditions over the past year, Zimbabwe’s business leaders engaged President Robert Mugabe in dialogue last week.

The last time such a meeting took place was in 2007, just as last decade’s economic implosion intensified. At the time, the Mugabe government, which has a penchant for turning economic orthodoxy on its head with ruinous results, had imposed price controls which wiped shop shelves clean.

The central bank was maintaining a ridiculous exchange rate while printing money and driving inflation, already in the upper thousands, even higher. Fast forward to 2017. There are no food shortages, yet. But government is, once again printing money it could be argued via its issuance of Treasury Bills with reckless abandon. Government borrowing has fuelled much of the $7 billion in unsupported electronic balances held by banks.

Inflation, not quite in the 6 000 to 7 000 percent range it was ten years ago, is certainly on the march again. One only needs to look at the overheating equities market. Today, as in 2007, Zimbabwe is in the grip of a bank note crisis. Back then, the central bank responded by introducing bearer cheques a surrogate currency in ever increasing denominations that rose to Z$750 000 by end of that year. As we write, the central bank is on the verge of issuing $300 million worth of bond notes another surrogate currency to take its total stock in circulation to $500 million.

As 2007 drew to a close, Zimbabwe had Z$100 trillion in circulation and the central bank injected another Z$33 trillion to ease a cash crisis. By the end of 2008, the country had issued a Z$100 trillion bank note, which could not buy a loaf of bread. The bond notes, introduced to ease the current crisis are officially pegged at parity with the United States dollar, although the market has its own rate. The bearer cheques were similarly pegged, but the market had its own idea of its value.

These similarities, which include tight terms of trade some businesses are imposing in light of inflation and the exigencies of current market conditions, provide an eerie reminiscence with 2007. Government’s response to these looming dangers does not convince us that we will avoid the meltdown witnessed a decade ago. Government refuses to curb its appetite to spend, nor will it do the needful to improve the climate for local and foreign investors. In fact, government refuses to learn the lessons of 2007 and will not forget, or change the reckless conduct that precipitated that crisis.

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Namibia: Mining Firm Rakes in Record Billions Revenue

By Charmaine Ngatjiheue

B2GOLD realised record revenue of US$683,3 million for the year ended 31 December 2016, which translates to N$8, 91 billion at the current exchange rate on record sales of 548 281 ounces at an average price of US$1 246 per ounce.

This information is contained in B2Gold’s Responsible Mining Report for 2016 that was released on Tuesday night.

The Otjikoto Mine, situated a few kilometres from Tsumeb, accounted for US$207,7 million, (N$2,71 billion) in revenue while the Masbate Mine accounted for US$255,6 million (N$3,3 billion) in revenue, the La Libertad Mine US$163,7 million (N$2,1 billion) and the El Limon mine contributed US$56,4 million (N$735,5 million).

Speaking at the launch, Steve Galloway, B2Gold’s corporate social investment board member, said B2Gold has been the leader in reducing poverty and the education backlog, human-wildlife conflict and promoting conservation and improved land use, as well as combatting urban and rural environmental degeneration and creating better lives for all.

“You certainly set the standards in Namibia in leading initiatives that one might expect government to lead. Examples of this are your amazing education ventures, your support to land delivery and housing and your initiatives in provision of energy for the mine and for the nation,” he said.

Gretha du Plessis, B2Gold’s public relations manager in Africa explained that the group’s commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship (combined with rapid growth) has made it crucial for the company to review its status as a responsible miner and to take a step back and examine its performance in this regard.

The company took on the challenge to produce its first Responsible Mining Report; a report based on internationally respected Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. The report is based on a structured analysis of responsible performance within a selected number of aspects and indicators from the economic, environmental, and social categories.

“Through the process of compiling and writing the report, we also came to the realisation that, year-on-year, it will allow us to raise the bar for ourselves and to track how we perform against these targets,” Du Plessis said.

The company also signed an agreement with Total Namibia under which Total committed to donating two cents for every litre of heavy fuel oil sold to B2Gold Namibia, to the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE).

“We have decided to do so as we believe that the goals and objectives behind the formation of the NCE are critical if we are to protect our environment and promote sustainable growth” said Naftal Kakwambi, Total Namibia managing director.

Mark Dawe B2Gold Namibia, country manager and managing director announced that B2Gold and NCE are spearheading a public private partnership that will enable B2Gold to leave a lasting legacy long after they cease operations at the Otjikoto mine.

The initiative, called the “Re-Wilding the Future” was presented as a documentary film produced by B2Gold Namibia.

A smart PPP approach is being explored to develop such a model, involving B2Gold Namibia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and the NCE.

The target is to link B2Gold land and the Waterberg Plateau Park into an integrated conservation and wildlife management landscape that optimises biodiversity protection as well as unleashing wildlife and landscape values through tourism, wildlife use and vertically integrated value chains.

Namibia: Paratus Reveals New Look to Old Power Station

Windhoek — Paratus, the largest privately owned Pan African telecoms operator, has revealed the new look to the Old power Station in Windhoek. Together with its subsidiary Canocopy, the distributor of the Ricoh in Namibia, Paratus upgraded the structure of this historic landmark whilst erecting its LTE equipment.

Built in 1948, the Old Power Station is an iconic landmark situated in the southern industrial area. It provided 22.5 Megawatt of power to Windhoek before the finalisation of plans to build the Van Eck Powerplant in the northern industrial area.

Paratus managing director John D’Alton says their teams spent many hours contemplating the upgrade options. “Not only from the structural side of the tower to erect the LTE equipment, but also from the visual side to retain the tower as a historic landmark in Windhoek.”

In April 2016, Paratus launched its 4G LTE mobile data service across 33 base station sites in Windhoek. With the deployment of the LTE Mobile Data service, Paratus added another facet of its services towards its growing customer base.

“When we initially started negotiating the site with the current owner early in 2015, we knew that the tower required much needed attention. Not only is the site integral to our LTE expansion plans but it is reminiscent of an era gone by, a landmark that needs to be elevated as a historically relevant site in Windhoek,” adds Andrew Hall, operations executive of Paratus.

The current owner, Gerrit Mouton, bought the property from the municipality in 2003 and established what is today known as the Old Power Station Centre. The Centre houses several small businesses and is a home for budding entrepreneurs. Hall says it is a proud moment to see the years of planning, dedication and persistence has paid off.

“We are also proud that other residents have noticed the preliminary work being done and have expressed their content with the upgraded look, although in its early phases. With this, we formally plant our stake in Windhoek and finally declare that this site is now completed,” he stated.

“We are proud of the teams involved from both Paratus and Canocopy, as well as with the contractors. We applaud The Sign Shop and Sky Rope Maintenance for their continued support and guidance during this project,” concludes D’Alton.

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Rwanda: School Construction Week – Over 900 Classrooms to Be Built

By James Karuhanga

Over 900 classrooms are expected to be constructed during the next School Construction Week due to be launched on Saturday.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sam Mulindwa, told The New Times yesterday that this was one of the decisions taken during the March national leadership retreat.

Mulindwa said that a count was done of the classrooms built during colonial period and they are close to 2,000, with another 3,000 that need to be rehabilitated.

Isaac Munyakazi, the Minister of State for Education in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, had told Cabinet on Tuesday that the planned activities include replacement or renovation of 992 classrooms and 1,344 latrines countywide using an “unconventional approach.”

The activities will be completed by December 31.

The PS said the classrooms will be constructed using unconventional approach, whereby the community will be engaged and mobilised to actively participate in the entire process.

“We need the community to own the construction of the classrooms for their children. Local government will mobilise the community to appreciate the importance of this process. We will engage civil society, religious leaders and others to make this happen,” Mulindwa said.

The government, he said, will see to it that necessities such as iron sheets, cement, iron bars, sand and stones are provided while community members do the actual construction.

“If we used the conventional approach where there is tendering we could not expect to get more than 500 classrooms done but with this unconventional approach we shall get more than double that number,” Mulindwa said, noting that a Rwf8 billion budget was set aside in the current fiscal year, for the project.

The project, he said, was inspired by the success of the 9-Year Basic Education programme introduced in 2009 when 3,150 classrooms and 10,000 latrines were constructed.

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By Eugene Kwibuka

The government will pursue a plan to build exemplary housing units in planned settlement sites across the country and has allocated Rwf15 billion this fiscal year in line with the ambitious project, an official at the Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA) has said.

Augustin Kampayana, the head of human settlement, planning, and development at RHA, told The New Times yesterday that construction of planned settlements, commonly known as model villages, is the way to go in relocating people living in high risk zones and promoting proper dwelling.

Rwf22 billion was allocated in the past fiscal year to kick-start the construction of model villages in all the country’s 30 districts.

Kampayana said the money will boost districts’ efforts to settle at least 30,000 households that are currently set up in scattered settlements and high risk zones.

The official said some 40,000 households from such areas were relocated and properly settled during the last fiscal year 2016/17 when the Government initiated the construction of at least one model village in every district.

“Rwf15 billion allocated for the current fiscal year 2017/18 is peanuts but our message to the people is that they should always try to use their own means to relocate to existing planned settlements. That leaves the Government with the opportunity to focus on availing basic infrastructure to the planned settlements,” he said.

The money allocated in the current fiscal year will be used to increase the number of housing units in different model villages whose construction was kicked off in every district across the country last year, providing basic infrastructure like water and electricity in the existing villages, as well as essential amenities like nursery schools and community halls, among others.

The efforts will help address the issue of scattered settlements across the country, which is sometimes an obstacle to fast development of residents in communities and a potential cause of disasters in case some settlements are set up in high risk zones such as swamps and steep slopes.

“The more people live in planned settlements, the less risks we will have when it comes to settlement-related disasters,” Kampayana said.

Local officials have welcomed the government’s continued funding for the construction of model villages, with engineers and leaders in Rutsiro and Ngororero districts revealing that the money will help them implement projects that are already on-going and needed a boost.

Amenities

In Rutsiro, a portion of the fund will help provide water and electricity, an early childhood development centre, a community road, and two additional four-in-one housing units in Kivumu Sector’s Karungu model village.

“Our model villages need extension; not all the plots are built up and not all the needed infrastructure are there yet. We need to equip them with water, kraals, main halls for community events, and many other amenities. Such funds from the government are always a boost for us,” said Innocent Gakuru, the vice mayor for economic affairs in Rutsiro District.

The Mayor of Ngororero District, Godfrey Ndayambaje, told The New Times that the Government funding in the current fiscal year will mostly be used to build new model villages in the district.

“When model villages are built, they are mostly handed to vulnerable citizens. If we can build more model villages, it can reduce the number of people who live in high risk zones,” he said, adding that his district will get funding to build homes for 40 households in the current fiscal year.

Officials at RHA have estimated that about 260,000 households across the country have been set up in scattered settlements and should ideally be relocated to planned settlements where access to essential infrastructure is crucial for fast and inclusive development.

Under the country’s Vision 2020, the Government has predicted that at least 70 per cent of Rwandans in rural areas will be living in planned settlements by the year 2020.

The current rate is 55.8 per cent according to the most recent national household survey, the fourth Integrated Household Living Conditions Survey, which was published in September 2015.

Nigeria: NRC to Deploy Two New Locomotives for Abuja-Kaduna Train Service

By Kasim Sumaina

Abuja — The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has disclosed that barring any technical hitches, it will next month deploy the two new speed locomotives it acquired for the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge train service.

It noted that once it deploys the new locomotives, timing of its services would be strict, adding that it will obey its schedules strictly and judiciously.

NRC Liaison Officer in Abuja, Mr. Pascal A Nnorli, hinted this yesterday while speaking to journalists that “by this week, the locomotives should be fully taken over from the Chinese. Once the NRC takes full possession of the two locomotives, the training of Nigerians who will operate them will commence.

“The training will be done by technical staff of the CCECC just like they did before the train service was launched. By this week, the handing over of the new locomotives by the CCECC to the NRC management will be complete and training will commence at once followed by test run before commercial deployment.”

The locomotive which had arrived Lagos on July 25, 2017, arrived Idu, Abuja on August 13, 2017, and the offloading was completed on August 14, 2017.

“Already, the CCECC has commenced technical evaluation of the two new locomotives before handing them over to NRC. The newly acquired locomotives are the ones originally billed to be used on the service. The current locomotive in use is a temporal one and was the same one used during the construction.

“The new locomotives are built to travel up to 150kilometres per hour. Once deployed, the trains speed will increase and cut short travel time from Abuja to Kaduna from about 2:45minutes to about 1:30 minutes from Abuja. Also, the number of daily trains services will improve from the present four.”

He further stated that “the highest we may probably go is 130 per hour for safety concerns. However, when we deploy the new locomotives, we will increase the speed gradually. We may start with 90km/hr and increase to 100km/hr until we get to 130km/hr.

“Currently, the NRC trained staff working on the Abuja-Kaduna rail corridor are 488 compared to CCECC’s 21 technical staff. The NRC also maintains the rail facilities with little technical support from CCECC, especially in track maintenance having acquired the tamping machine, the ballast profiling machine and ballast distribution machine.”

Nnorli explained that “the training should last for about two weeks. After the two weeks training, the locomotives will be test run for about a week before it will be launched for commercial operations. All these processes shouldn’t be more than a month, all things equal.”

Namibia: Paratus Offers Faster Internet While Preserving Historical Landmark

With the ever-evolving technological realm and upgrades in internet speeds, Paratus Telecom together with its subsidiary Canocopy, this week unveiled a new look Long-Term Evolution (LTE) tower at one of Windhoek’s oldest landmarks, the Old Power Station.

An LTE network generally sees data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network.

In April 2016 Paratus Telecom launched its 4G mobile data service across 33 base station sites in Windhoek and with the deployment of the LTE mobile data service, Paratus added another facet of its service towards its growing customer base.

Paratus Managing Director, John D’Alton said that their teams spent many hours contemplating the upgrade options, not only from the structural side of the tower to erect the LTE equipment, but also the visual side to retain the tower as a historic landmark in the capital city.

“The tower not only serves to speed up communication services for the operator but also gives a new look to the Old Power Station which was build in 1948,” he added.

Andrew Hall, Operations Executive at Paratus said, when the firm initially started negotiating the site with the current owner early in 2015, they knew that the tower required a lot of attention.

“Not only is the site integral to our LTE expansion plans, but it is reminiscent of an era gone by, a landmark that needs to be elevated as a historical relevant site in Windhoek,”Hall added.

Currently, the Old Power Station is home to several small businesses and budding entrepreneurs. In its heydays, the Old Power Station provided 22.5 Megawatt of power to Windhoek before the finalisation of plans to build the Van Eck Power plant in Northern Industrial Area.

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