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Katuka mentorship programme completes first orientation for 2019

Katuka mentorship programme completes first orientation for 2019

The Katuka Mentorship Programme 2019 completed its first orientation training for the year, last week in Windhoek. The event was facilitated by Sabine Kownatzki from Thalestris Training Consultancy.

The Katuka programme aims to empower and encourage entrepreneurs, business and professional women to achieve success in their careers through mentorship by seasoned business and professional women.

Marketing Manager and partner at the Economist, Desere Lundon-Muller, said the programme is currently in its 18th year and to date 347 entrepreneurs and businesswomen have completed the programme.

“We started with a three day orientation programme for the mentees and mentors, which consisted of a selection panel of Inge Zamwaani-Kamwi, Presidential Advisor on Constitutional Affairs and Private Sector Interface, Sabine Kownatzki, and myself,” she added.

She highlighted that 16 mentees and mentors completed the orientation training, while the second training session will take place during April and the third in August.

Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia, said the firm pledged, N$73,458 for the programe.

Angula said the firm is passionate about maximising the potential of women and girls, about their meaningful contribution to families and communities economy and society

“All of this is about maximising their potential within the broader local economy, which is all about women realising their potential, as a group and as individual,” he added.

Katuka is a mentorship programme was launched by the late Lena Markus in July 2001. Markus was also a former Businesswoman of the Year 2000 in the category Corporate/Professional.

Caption: Seated from left to right, Desere Lundon-Muller, Marketing Manager and partner at the Economist, Sabine Kownatzki, from Thalestris Training Consultancy and facilitator of the Katuka Mentorship Programme and Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communication and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia with the mentees and mentors of the Katuka Mentorsip Programme 2019.


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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.