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This week in the Khuta – Physical punishment: an effective method of discipline?

A long-debated topic in recent years has been the use of physical punishment as a means of disciplining children. After taking a good hour or so to deliberate on my views for the week, I decided to settle on something of which I have first hand experience.
Although an effective tool for immediate compliance, corporal punishment has been associated with psychological trauma and abuse.
In our African cultural society, the use of physical punishment is acceptable and almost expected. I have never heard of a father or a mother back in the village that said punishment is ineffective.
Though there is a thin line between discipline and abuse, the use of corporal punishment is effective and when used in measure may even be a positive tool for growth. Pardon me as you may not agree with me, but that is my take on the matter.
I remember when I was younger; about seven or eight, I would sprint home after a lazy afternoon  playing in the park wishing I wasn’t late. My parents had a firm rule about being home before dark for dinner and should this rule be broken I was to be punished and I often got punished. Not only a spank but other forms such as no television or toys for me and I must say, the spanking lesson lasted me longer then any other form of punishment.
Anyway, on one of these unfortunate evenings I would receive a smack on the bottom and a stern lecture. Would it classify as abuse or disciplinary action? I think my parents had the right idea in mind, although I detested a sore bottom. I accepted the implication that with broken rules came punishment and rarely did I ever repeat what I got beaten for.
The disadvantage to corporal discipline is that the distinction between abuse and punishment can be easily blurred.
There are cases where parents may take the action further than necessary resulting in psychological trauma to the child. The negative association of punishment with abuse has been proven to alter the behavioral pattern of children; often leading to aggression and delinquency which is becoming a more common case and I see it in my own household with my younger siblings.
The use of tools that may leave bruises, the use of excessive force and strong language are damaging to the developing mind of a child. Abuse of a child by a parent distorts the child’s moral stance and often leads to problems further along in life. It is necessary for parents to understand the boundaries and interpret what may be labelled as normative punishments.
This is not to say that in all cases where corporal punishment is used the child may display acts of aggression or become delinquent.
In my opinion I think it is often the opposite where children are compliant and learn to associate punishment with misconduct. The use of physical punishment has been a long-standing tradition in our society and even today provides funny anecdotes of our childhood memories.
Such as the time I ran from my mother who was about to administer a nasty spanking because I was playing outside in the yard in my brand new white school shirt.
Although the actual beating could have been harsh, a stern warning and a reminder as to what the reason was for my punishment always followed . In this way I had reason to believe that there was a purpose to the punishment and that my parents knew better and since that day, I never even came close to playing with my school uniform on again.
As a matter of fact, I dare say that these little spanks are what made me into the strong woman that I am today and some day when I do have my kids, I wont spare the rod, after all there is a saying that says “What does not kill you makes you stronger.”

About The Author

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.