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Local wizkid to represent Africa on the WorldSkills Champions Trust

Local wizkid to represent Africa on the WorldSkills Champions Trust

Africa will be represented on the WorldSkills Champions Trust (WSCT) by son of the soil, Namibia’s WorldSkills former competitor, Tjihimise Karaerua.

Karaerua, who represented the country at the 2017 WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, replaced Tayla Schou from South Africa who represented the continent from 2015-2017,Worldskills Namibia said in a media release on Tuesday.

Representatives from the other continents are as follows: Pearl So Ka Yu, Hong Kong, China (Asia), Kieron Kolhmann, US Representing (Americas), Giovanny Sanchez, Colombia (Americas), Amelia Addis, New Zealand (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) / Oceania) and Jacqueline Tanzer, Austria (Europe).

Worldskills Namibia Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Katrina Newaka said to hone his skills to effectively represent the community of WorldSkills Champions, Karaerua will travel to Shanghai, China on 26 January where he will meet the rest of the WSCT representatives and participate in leadership and media training sessions, forums and conferences.

“I am truly honored and embrace this lifetime opportunity which will open doors for personal growth add value to the entire Namibian TVET sector, a catalyst for our economic development, ” Karaerua said.

The WSCT is a group of former WorldSkills Competitors representing all six continents, working together to help bridge the gap between former WorldSkills Competitors (Champions) and WorldSkills International beyond the Competition.

The Trustees share skills, abilities, and creativity to develop projects and initiatives to improve the world through the power of skills. WSCT serves as advisory group to WorldSkills International on matters related to continued involvement of global youth in the skills development agenda.



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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.