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Upskilled vocational teachers return

Upskilled vocational teachers return
Master mechanic and Intea training officer, Stefan Trenkle with three of the twelve Namibian teachers who attended the course in automotive diagnostic technology at Automotive Training Service Intea in Kerpen, Germany. The teachers come from various local vocational schools. The group returned this week after completing the six-week course. Photograph by Auto Service Praxis Online

Master mechanic and Intea training officer, Stefan Trenkle with three of the twelve Namibian teachers who attended the course in automotive diagnostic technology at Automotive Training Service Intea in Kerpen, Germany. The teachers come from various local vocational schools. The group returned this week after completing the six-week course. Photograph by Auto Service Praxis Online

Twelve teachers in Automotive training from several local vocational training colleges have just returned after a six-week stint where they completed a course in Automotive training at a leading German technical training institution. The group is unanimous that they are very eager to impart their new skills to their students at the VTCs.
The teachers, hailing from the National Youth Service; Namcol and the Okakarara, Rundu and Windhoek vocational training centres successfully completed a six-week training course at the renowned Lucas Nuelle Academy in Kerpen, Germany. Mervis Muhuure, who spoke on behalf of his fellow automotive trainers noted their commitment to plough back the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained during the course.
All twelve teachers have successfully completed the course.
Noting that a quality trainer yields good graduates, Muhuure said they are now responsible to ensure they apply their skills and knowledge to improve and upgrade local automotive training, to improve the training curricula and to be effective mentors to other automotive training teachers.
“We also got to know each other as instructors in the local training sector better, and I am confident that going forward, this group will become key players in driving the local automotive sector to greater heights,” Muhuure said at the welcoming luncheon hosted this week by the Namibia Training Authority.
The training course served as part of a comprehensive response by the training authority to the national development objectives as outlined in the Educational and the Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP). The NTA response focuses on technical and pedagogical upskilling, trainer industry exposure and the upgrading of trainer qualifications.
The training authority’s acting Chief Operations Officer, Richwell Lukonga said the first part of the training programme incorporated an intense study of electrics and electronics tailor-made for automotive, while the second part focused on diagnostics to enable students to find and identify faults on vehicles.
The trainers sat for both written and practical examinations, which included developing a diagnostic strategy after consulting a customer and inspecting a real electronic fault on a vehicle, Lukonga said, adding that the group also visited major automotive plants while in Germany.
“The NTA and our training institutions and industry partners, wish to congratulate the trainers on their proud achievement. We are confident that the skills, knowledge and experience they have gained through this training programme will go a long way in contributing to a more effective and localised automotive training regime, especially as far as them sharing their new-found knowledge and expertise in the development of new training curricula and assessment instruments and the mentoring of our automotive trainees are concerned,” Lukonga said.

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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”).

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.