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‘Pepper’ to spice up this year’s Nedbank Career Expo

‘Pepper’ to spice up this year’s Nedbank Career Expo

Nedbank Namibia this year will spice up the upcoming Career Expo with the introduction of ‘Pepper’, a humanoid robot, to around 4000 learners. The Expo will take place at the Windhoek Country Club, from 22 to 24 May.

Pepper is working as a client experience ambassador at Nedbank’s digital branch called the NZone in Sandton, Johannesburg.

“We are extremely excited about Pepper’s visit. It will bring something unique to the Career Expo and offer learners a peek into some of the technological advancements of the past ten years,” said Gernot de Klerk, Head of Marketing and Communication at Nedbank Namibia.

Created by SoftBank, a Japanese company, the robot can be programmed to recognise voice, principal human emotions, chat with customers and answer questions, notes De Klerk.

“The robot is interactive, progressive and autonomous, and will continue to evolve and grow with Nedbank,” said De Klerk.

When Pepper was launched in March 2018 it was the first humanoid robot to have been deployed by any Southern African organisation.

Nedbank Namibia is sponsoring the Career Expo to the amount of N$250,000 and organisers expect approximately 4000 learners to attend the Expo.

According to Nedbank, buses will transport learners from various schools in and around Windhoek to the Expo.

School learners will have an opportunity to view the different stands and speak to diverse companies and universities. The Expo will also feature a Speakers’ Hall where industry leaders share their expertise about prospective careers and how the world of work might look like in the future.

Meanwhile, De Klerk encouraged schools to contact Executive Director of the Nedbank Namibia Careers Expo, Abed Erastus at Abed.Erastus@gmail.com, and arrange for visitation slots.


 

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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.