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Hardfacts on Software – A fresh look at shopping online this holiday season

A lot of people I know dread the rush to buy presents this holiday season. The selection in the stores is the same as always, everyone has everything already and so I thought there must be a better way.
I did some research on the web and found that more and more people are shopping online. More and more small shops are now online offering something new and different. I also found a nice list of reasons why shopping online for Christmas has many benefits. This was originaly published by Brett Blumenthal on
Here it is:
Bargain Hunting: Without going from store to store, which can take tons of time, you can look for the best price for what you are buying. You can also get up-to-the-minute discounts notifications, which makes it especially “bargainy.”
Time Saving: When you shop online, you don’t have to commit to a few hours, you can commit to ten minutes. This allows you to break-up the work into shorter, more manageable time chunks. Further, you won’t be wasting time traveling to the stores, looking for parking, walking around, yada yada. You’ll save hours of time by shopping online.
Avoiding the Crowds: I’m not a crowd person. And the older I get, the lower my tolerance is for crowds. Shopping online allows you to avoid the mobs and the pushing and shoving that inevitably happens in retail stores.
Easy Parking: During this season, getting a parking spot at a mall or retail outlet can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Not only is it impossible, but it is time-consuming. Parking yourself at your computer takes two seconds!
Any Store in the World: Any retailer worth buying from is located on the internet. However, some malls don’t have the stores you may be looking for, forcing you to visit several places to get to all the stores you want.
Gift-Wrapping: Once you have bought your gifts, then comes wrapping. Some people hate wrapping (personally, I enjoy it, but that is the architect in me). Many online retailers will wrap your gifts for a small fee. So, for those of you who hate wrapping presents, you can eliminate this part of the gift-giving process.
Shipping: Just like the wrapping, you can have the online retailer ship to the location where the gift will be opened. If you are traveling a long distance to celebrate the holidays with loved ones (this is me), then having the gifts shipped is a much better option than having to lug them onto the plane.
Environmentally Friendly: Okay, if you are not a naturalist or someone who cares about the environment, then you can skip this one. But for those of you who do care, you will be saving paper (no paper receipts) and you will be reducing pollution (no gas emissions).
Smarter Shopping: Shopping online allows you to easily access and read customer reviews of products you are considering purchasing. This helps you make more informed decisions about gifting your loved ones.
Reduced Stress: And, when you have ALL of the benefits listed above, you will ultimately be able to reduce your stress levels! How much better does it get than that?
Now the above list is from America, and in South Africa we are not nearly as advanced. We did some research and found that only between 170 and 800 stores exist online in RSA, according to which research you believe. That’s not a lot compared to more developed markets. So we are working hard to increase this number for your convenience here at our new division
All the best then for your holiday shopping – may you find what you are looking for – easily, quickly and conveniently!
Until next time then – remember – Keep it (A)fresh

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.