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Improve your game from your inbox – Admit you’re not perfect

Improve your game from your inbox – Admit you’re not perfect

Coen Welsh on the Psychology of Golf

Golf has many examples of players collapsing from seemingly unassailable leads. Famously Greg Norman and Jordan Spieth at the Masters 20 years apart.

The CJ CUP @ Nine Bridges set the scene for another collapse. Admittedly in a less revered environment, Justin Thomas, made a double bogey on the third hole after being in the joint lead starting the day. This setback opened it up for other players to put some pressure on Thomas. He eventually managed to beat Marc Leishman on the second playoff hole to win his fifth PGA Tour title in 2017.

Tip of the week – Deal with setbacks (quickly)

You may be forgiven to think Justin Thomas can’t lose at the moment. The conditions at the CJ Cup tested his ability and his nerve.

His reaction to the double bogey on the third is classic golf psychology. He told “I just kept telling myself it was a bad golf swing, it wasn’t a mental error or wasn’t a wrong judgement that we made but just a bad golf swing at a pretty bad time but I knew you are going make bogeys out here today.”

This is a perfect example of the reaction you need if you want to be successful on the golf course.

Simply put, admit the mistake and move on. It is impossible to hit perfect shots every time. However, our irrational thoughts force us to believe that we need to make every shot a perfect shot.

If you admit that you will make some poor swings and make peace with that at the outset you will be much better off. After all golf’s rules state “play it as it lies” and that’s what you will have to do many times in a round after hitting a poor shot.

Quote of the week

“I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment.” – Justin Thomas (after winning 5 times on the PGA Tour in 2017)

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About The Author

Coen Welsh

Coen Welsh, a qualified industrial psychologist, is an expert on the Antecedents and underlying Psychological Conditions predicting Employee Engagement.He has worked in diverse teams in the UK, Egypt and Namibia. Coen regularly gets invited to speak at HR and other conferences. He is a regular contributor to NBC National Radio as well as Tupopyeni and Off-the-Hook on NBC Television. He is a founding member of the Professional Speakers Association of Namibia. You can visit him at or send a comment to

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.