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Happiness is a Four Letter word – Film Review

Happiness is a Four Letter word – Film Review

Shoes, champagne and lavish mansions – certainly that is the starter pack to the extravagant life of success and dreams fulfilled. What can shake a foundation so stable? Obviously, you forgot to include one main ingredient: a man.
Based on a novel by Cynthia Jele, Happiness is a Four Letter Word is a glamorised view of sisterhood as three best friends, Nandi (Mmabatho Montsho), Zaza (Khanyi Mbau) and Princess (Renate Stuurman) all come face to face with the idea of love, lust and what really matters. Surely, “no amount of cocktails can cure the stress that simultaneously unsettles their lives”.
It is a rather typical storyline but one that wins because it resonates. After all, Love is an age old story, probably the most requested story of all time. This particular story is easy on the eyes, with good quality shots and excellent directing. It also helps that each scene is staged in luxurious houses with beautiful lighting and décor. And, of course, they have all the elements one would typically expect in a saucy romantic dramedy – men: the good, the bad and the kind-of-but-not-really ugly.
Thinking about it, I would say that Jele really did a good job by making it a threefold story. The original story actually has four main characters, but the movie keeps it at three. By spreading love into three parts, it creates an anthemic message to some extent as the shades of this thing we call love (or lust) unfold. We get to experience how love affects us from different angles, but in such a way that the tone is kept balanced. This is because only the relevant parts of each of their stories are told; the parts that fit into the overall theme. Nobody has time for a threefold melodrama when you just want a good reason to chatter with your friends. Their stories serve more as a reflection, as they tackle the issue of fidelity, love and loneliness in their lives more than anything else. And even though it is a really romanticised take on love, the delivery is so real.
A lot of its realness is thanks to Khanyi Mbau. The thought of watching a movie that cast yet another socialite diva made me quite weary. To me it is like when they cast Kim Kardashian or Beyoncé in a filmonly to play the characters we already know them for, just to market a film. Overall, their performances are generally boring (sorry, Beyoncé fans, but it’s true). But honestly, I enjoyed seeing Khanyi play herself. She provides most of the comic relief and her delivery is natural and refreshing. So, Khanyi, if the shoe fits who should even complain?
This film may not be the most novel take on love ever told, but it provides a contemplative look at its effects, making Happiness is a Four Letter Word a solid chick flick. It gives us a glimpse of what makes love both ugly and exciting – but overall, it endears us to the pursuit and preservation of love as something that is worthwhile.

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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.