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Dundee, BoN clinch top awards at Deloitte’s Best Company to Work For Survey 2017

Dundee, BoN clinch top awards at Deloitte’s Best Company to Work For Survey 2017

First-time entrant in the Deloitte’s Best Company to Work For Survey, Dundee Precious Metals clinched first place in the Large Company Category (more than 500 employees), while in the Small/Medium Category (fewer than 500 employees), the Bank of Namibia was crowned the winner.

The two firms collected the top honours in their respective categories at an event held on Wednesday in Windhoek.

Other companies that won in Large Company Category: In second position was Trustco Group Holdings, followed in third by Agra. In the Small/Medium Category, second place went to the Namibia Institute of Pathology and in third place was the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC).

According to Deloitte Namibia partner Ramsay Mc Donald, the awards which measures employee experience, hav in the past year undergone a rejuvenation, incorporating smart analytics coupled with best-practice research methodologies to deliver a diagnostic tool for organisations to measure year on year attributes which influence employee engagement and attraction to an organisation.

Traditionally the well-known Best Company to Work For Survey conducted in Namibia since 2011 focused on employee satisfaction in the workplace through a static assessment with delayed feedback and action cycles.

The re-engineered survey now provides comprehensive insight reports with more dynamic reporting through access to the Deloitte Portal which allows participants to take immediate responsive action. The Best Company Survey also includes a 100% coverage of employees as opposed to the selected sample surveys of the past.

The key objectives of the Best Company Survey enable an organisation to identify what attracts and motivates individuals within the workplace and how this impacts the productivity or engagement levels. The survey output provides an organisation with the key elements of how employees experience the culture of the organisation and whether this impacts or influences employees either positively or negatively, and in turn, whether this experience influences an employee’s level of discretionary effort.

“The survey can assist businesses to better understand the mix of individuals within in your teams by providing you with an engagement snapshot; separating those whom are prepared to ‘shoot the lights out’ on a daily basis, and those who are only prepared to give the very bare minimum,” Mc Donald said

He added that the advantage of the newly structured survey is that it assists businesses and HR in designing a work environment that engages people, constructing a new model of leadership and career development. Participation in the Deloitte Best Company Survey assists in understanding how employees identify with the culture, i.e. the shared beliefs and common goals of the organisations and similarly how they experience the organisation on a day to day basis.

Moreover, the Deloitte portal allows direct and on-going access to results data, enabling an organisation to leverage its success areas, prioritise its focus areas, and understand the employee state of mind as well as the mix in their teams.

“Our Human Capital team lead by Priscilla Husselmann will assist you to utilise this information to gain relevant insights into your business. This will help you improve on areas of weakness and reinforce areas of strength. As a result your organisation can strategically and proactively manage its competitive advantage and systematically measure its return on investment,” Mc Donald noted.

He thanked businesses for their participation in the Deloitte Best Company to Work For Survey over the past years and pointed out that the survey has played a crucial guiding role to organisations eager to adapt their organisational design, shape their engagement strategies and inform their leadership to optimally lead their only true competitive advantage – their people.

Caption: From left to right: Erwin Tjipuka from Deloitte Namibia with Vice-President and Managing Director of Dundee Precious Metals, Zebra Kasete and Martha Hakaye, the Manager of Organisational Effectiveness at Dundee. The two entities are the winners of the 2017 Deloitte Best Company to Work For Awards.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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.