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Wellness of the mind and soul drives psychologist to help people get better

Wellness of the mind and soul drives psychologist to help people get better

For a local psychologist, moving away from the corporate environment to start her own independent practice, proved to be far more difficult than what she anticipated but she persevered and today she is a household name for the many patients she is helping to cope with life.

Edwina Mensah-Husselmann is not new to psychology. She has been a registered clinical psychologist since she obtained her Masters degree in 2006. Yet, she continued working as Chief Prison Superintendent for the Namibian Correctional Services, responsible for psychological rehabilitation and integration programmes for all regions.

In 2008 she ventured into private practice but is was not until earlier this year, that she launched her practice under the name, Geluk Pshychology Services, in the process adopting a more business-like approach to the way she conducted her professional affairs.

Geluk Psychology Services takes its patients on an escorted journey to achieve optimal mental health and improve their general wellness. Edwina counsels individuals, groups, couples and families. On the side, she is still involved in rehabilitation and she offers psycho-education programmes and legal psychological services.

She said that to register the practice was a challenge due to the fact that psychologists are affiliated to various regulatory bodies by law to ensure and guarantee the professional liability of the practitioner.

With Geluk up and running, Edwina spends her professional energy on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional and behavioural disorders to promote healing and change. She works with people suffering from personality impairments, developmental disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, neuro-cognitive disorders and disrupted eating patterns.

Ultimately, she is now living her passion, saying that she is endlessly fascinated by the way the human mind and psyche work.

However, her passion would have remained just a dream were it not for Bank Windhoek who financed her under its Emerging Small and Medium Enterprises division. This enabled Edwina to take the leap and establish Geluk as a credible psychology practice.

She is satisfied that her newly-branded practice is doing well despite, or perhaps because of, the current financial distress many people experience. Her reputation is firmly anchored in her intuitive professional ability and her long-standing relationships she has built over many years.

“If we pay more attention to our mental health, we will have a successful and healthier nation in future,” she said.

Caption: Clinical psychologist, Edwina Mensah-Husselmann and her Personal Assistant, Jennely Swartz.


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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.