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Successful applicants to train as German-speaking tour guides at Tour Guide Academy

Successful applicants to train as German-speaking tour guides at Tour Guide Academy

The Tour Guide Academy held its official opening late last month at their premises in Lafrenz. The academy offers free vocational training to local talent to become German-speaking Tour Guides with FGASA Field Guide Level 1 certification.

The academy in a recent statement promised successful graduate permanent employment with Pack Safari, one of the larges local tour operators.

The academy confirmed in a statement that they received 165 applications, which exceeded their expectations.

“The selection process was a challenge for use, but one which we met with enthusiasm, the quality of applicants confirmed our faith in local talent,” they added.

The company confirmed the acceptance of 12 students this year, all of them who are highly talented and motivated locals, aged between 26 and 47.

“We want to become German-speaking Tour Guides, because German is the mother tongue of most of the tourist visiting Namibia, plus we love people and want to show our beautiful country to others,” said Fillipus Mutuku one of the students.

Livia Pack, Chief Operating Officer of Pack Safari said they selected students from seven regions, therefore she is thrilled that they have such a great diversity of students and the students not only represents five different mother tongues and ethnic groups, but they also come from very diverse backgrounds.

“One of the students already has six years of tour guide experience, but speaks no German, another one has never worked as a professional tour guide yet, has a German girlfriend and hence has some prior knowledge of the language, while some students grew up sheltered in better paid families with good access to education, others worked their way up the hard way from driving positions,” she explained.

The academy has given the students seven months to complete the curriculum, which is a great opportunity for each of the students to get into a permanent, well-paid and fulfilling employment.

Peter Pack said this has the potential to be a real win-win situation, and can bring more local talent into key positions of the fastest growing sector of the economy.


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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.