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Don’t allow your research to gather dust!

Don’t allow your research to gather dust!

By Ilke Platt

As all roads will lead to the Safari Hotel this week, much anticipation is focused on the ceremony. So, what happens after research has been completed? What impact does a graduate make after spending endless nights, gathering various sources of information on a particular topic?

According to Trading Economics, “unemployment rate in Namibia decreased to 33.40% in 2018 from 34% in 2016. Unemployment Rate in Namibia averaged 27.94% from 1997 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 37.60 % in 2008 and a record low of 19.50% in 1997.”

With that stated, it leads one to question whether graduates utilize their research to make an impact on the topic of choice and whether they have allowed their research to make an impact? This goes hand in hand with their ability to enter the job market with the wealth of information that they have.
Research helps corporates, entrepreneurs and the community at large to prove speculations and facts about gaps in any identified industry.

The facilitation and creation of such platforms to discuss findings are critical to improve the status quo in each researchers’ field of study. Once graduation ceremonies are done, it’s the responsibility of each individual to share their findings. This is one of the most effect ways to bring change into society.

Graduates should urge themselves to implement their findings and also assess the impact of their research through measurable tools. A lot of factors can contribute to the success of distributing this information and make it more effective.

The sharing of research results should be customized according to the audience and should reflect the main goal. Graduates should also consider formal or informal gatherings to ensure that the message gets carried across in a comprehensive manner. Findings should always be attractive and the information should be concise, interesting, worth listening and use illustrations to break down all of the statistics gathered.

In addition, one should identify the appropriate audience for the particular research findings to make it worth-while. One should list the most appropriate methods of distributing the information and identify the most common barriers and strategies for eliminating them by engaging necessary and important role players to implement that change.

In conclusion, don’t allow research to gather dust. Research is a very powerful tool, to spark the mind, human behavior and also perception.


Caption: Ilke Platt is the Chair PRISA Namibia and hold a BA/MA UNAM and is a PHD Candidate. Iike is also Co-Opt Exco UNAM Alumni and the Director at Poiyah Media.


 

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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.