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Kindergarten teachers qualify after completing Amos Meerkat programme

Kindergarten teachers qualify after completing Amos Meerkat programme

Twelve more pre-school teachers from rural kindergartens graduated a fortnight ago after completing their training under the Amos Meerkat project, designed to improve the teaching skills of teachers who are not formally qualified.

At a certificate ceremony held in Otavi on 29 April, teachers Mina Ais, Mpingana Ngambue, Moses Armo, Hileni Mupupa, Christophine Hoeses, Dimeteria Toivo, Mietjie Nauses, Elizabeth Elao, Sentia Soroses, Engine Mabarandongo, Utinedley Harases and Pauline Somses received their certifiates from the instructors, Vazandu Hapuka and Rosa Nortjé.

The Amos Meerkat project identify rural pre-school teachers for further training to improve the school readiness of children in farm schools.

Commenting on the value of the broad training, Nauses who teaches at a kindergarten in Walvis Bay, said ”I have learned to be more patient and I think this will help me be a better teacher. I also realised during the training that problems in life should be seen as challenges which can be overcome if you work hard enough.”

Mpingana from Ruacana said “I learned to accept greater responsibility as a teacher and to lead and guide the children successfully, and always improve myself through constant learning and growing.”

The Amos Meerkat Schools National Pre-School Project offers every farmer or community the opportunity to start a pre-school on their land so that every pre-schooler can have the opportunity to be school ready.

The training programme and curriculum are designed to enable any mother on any farm, in any community and in any village to run a small pre-school for the resident children.

The project is sponsored by the FNB Namibia Foundation.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


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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.