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Not sure which strategic direction to take? Call in the experts, talk to Alketas

Not sure which strategic direction to take? Call in the experts, talk to Alketas

Entrepreneur Inyemba Kamwi is inspired by the day to day people she meets, who work hard to fulfill their dreams, especially through tough and hard times. Kamwi is the Managing Partner of Alketas Consultancy, a business consultancy firm that aids the private and public sector in matter of research and training, business development, corporate strategy development and oil and gas consultancy amongst others. She is also a lecturer at the International University of Management.

The God-fearing entrepreneur said the best part of owning your own business is that you are the boss, and in the consultancy business no day is ever the same and certainly no two clients are the same. “You are actually in a position to pave out your future, not only yours but that of those you employ and interact with,” she explained.

Even though she wears several hats, she draws hope from ordinary people like the young student that works for the City of Windhoek bin collection department to pay for his engineering degree, or from the woman who wakes up at 4am every morning to go sell breakfast to construction workers somewhere around the city. “I draw inspiration from that single mother that takes a taxi to drop off her child at school and then take another taxi to go to her place of work, because such individuals are the very definition of resistance and determination. They do not allow any circumstances to deter them and they do not know the words, give up, but they keep pushing for the end goal,” she added.

She stressed that there will always be challenges in everything you do and in business it is not different, because owning a business is like having a baby, you are fully responsible for their well-being and like a baby they are awesome. “But sometimes a business can fall sick, fall and hurt itself and like any good parent you need to be ready for the unexpected changes that might occur with your baby, and carry the emotional maturity to go through the unexpected,” she advised.

She reiterated that the spirit of not giving up in tough times is a very good quality for entrepreneurs and she advises young businesswomen never to give up. “It is really that simple, you can to give up on your dream but you will never make it in life by giving up,” she said.

Kamwi acknowledges that it will be hard, and yes, doors will close in your face but a door will never open unless you keep knocking. “Do not wait for men to give you a seat at the table because they will not, just grab the chair and sit, and if there is no chair, buy a new table and sit at the head of it,” she said adamantly.

For the future of Alketas Consultancy, they thrive on seeing businesses, organisation and public institutions soaring at their best potential and therefore she wants to take the consultancy beyond the Namibian border. “Africa is a continent not only rich in resources, but rich in minds, however the potential of these minds has often been under-utilised, partly because we do not know how to best organise our institutions to drive results that will set us up competitively,” she said.

Alketas Consultancy will continue to exist to aid businesses and institutions to thrive within their mandate.


About The Author

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

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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.