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Young adults encouraged to register for tour guide academy – Deadline for submissions, 18 November

Young adults encouraged to register for tour guide academy – Deadline for submissions, 18 November

The newly established Tour Guide Academy of Pack Safari, will from January 2019, offer free vocational training to local talents to become German speaking tour guides.

The first 10 to 12 participants will receive a 7 month intensive German course and train them to become certified Field Guide. The participants will also receive a training allowance.

The young local talents will learn German in an intensive course, but also the theoretical and practical aspects of tour guiding and at the same time committed Namibians can receive a solid education and thus an attractive career perspective in a real growth industry.

Interested applicants can submit their documents to Pack Safari by 18 November and candidates should also be at least 25 years old and have accommodation in Windhoek.

Another prerequisite is that candidates should also have a driver’s license, first experience as a tour guide and German basic knowledge are of advantage.

According to Livia Pack, owner of Pack Safari the profile of successful participants includes: enthusiasm for showing country and people to others, a certain talent for languages and communication and the right mix of secondary virtues.

The course is based on a combination of proven Internet language courses from the provider Babbel and real German teachers on site.

As part of the Academy the participants become certified guides of the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA Level 1) and the trainees will receive hands on lessons from Pack Safari’s experienced tour guides.

The programme is completely organised and paid for by Pack Safari and the graduates will also be able to sign a 5 year contract as a Tour Guide.


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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.