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Nominations open for Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 2019 awards

Nominations open for Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 2019 awards

Celebrating 25 years since its inception and launching the 19th Namibian Businesswoman of the Year awards, Desèré Lundon-Muller, Marketing Manager and partner at the Economist urged the public to nominate their Businesswoman of the Year. The awards banquet will be held on 16 October.

She explained that the awards have honoured women whose achievements, commitment and vision have made them leaders in their chosen field of endeavour. “These awards take pride in recognising women whose self-sacrifice, unwavering dedication and generosity of spirit have led others to achieve greatness in their own right,” she said.

She encouraged people to nominate anyone they think fits this description, women who win, who come from all walks of life and professions, who have a few years’ experience and those who have many years of experience. “With the Awards we aim to raise awareness for equal opportunity, to provide a platform for decision-makers to recognise and promote the status of women and to promote the creation of small and medium business in the country,” she empshasised.

Esmeralda Katjaerua, the Young Businesswoman of the Year 2017 echoed these sentiments, saying that the Awards acknowledge women entrepreneurs and leaders who are genuinely making a difference and excelling in their respective businesses. “On a personal level after I won this award, I only became alive to the fact that I am now a business owner, a boss, a mentor and a role model to many young women, therefore it has made me believe in my abilities as a businessperson and it has encouraged me to improve my business and leadership skills,” she said.

Ester /Nanus, Branch Support and Management Officer at the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who are endorsing the Awards, said this partnership allows them to capture nominees at grassroots level through the extension of the awards at regional and local level where the Chamber also has branches “Women that come from all walks of life, with varied academic backgrounds, skills sets, stories and expertise, are the ideal candidates for the various categories represented in the Awards” she said.

Albert Pretorius, Dealer Principal, Jaguar Windhoek who are one of the sponsors, said their brand is here to assist the leading ladies and give them value. “We are pushing our brand to be a ladies vehicle, a brand women can be proud of which has been very successful,” he explained.

Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer: Marketing and Corporate Communication Services at Bank Windhoek said “many women have a side hustle in addition to established careers or they own their own businesses and in doing research for Bank Windhoek’s Women in Business offering, we realised from a financial services perspective, that very little exists for the women who juggles so many roles in society, so we cater to them to make their lives easier.”

We would also like to announce that we are sponsoring an amount of N$120,000 for this worthy initiative,” she informed.

Nombvula Kambinda-Kondombolo, Head: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom said they have chosen to partner with the Namibia Economist since 2005 to ensure the successful hosting of the Businesswoman Awards “and the calibre of contenders they have seen over the years have not only been impressive but they continue to inspire more women to do better in their chosen fields.”

“The Awards provides visibility for its winners beyond their reign and continues to be a sought-after title, therefore I wish all aspiring participants the courage to enter. You can only win if you participate, when nominated, please give your consent,” she motivated.

Other sponsors for the Namibia Businesswoman Awards are Roots Importers and Regus Namibia.

Caption: from left to right, Yohaan Venter from Roots Importers, Natasja Beyleveld, Young Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 2013, Esmeralda Katjaerua, Current Young Namibian Businesswoman of the Year, Nomvula Kambinda-Kondombolo, Head: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom, Albert Pretorius, Dealer Principal at Jaguar Windhoek, Ester /Nanus, Support Officer Branch Management at the NCCI, Jacquiline Pack, Executive Officer: Marketing and Corporate Communication Services at Bank Windhoek and Desèré Lundon-Muller, Marketing Manager and partner at the Economist Newspaper, all encouraged the public to nominate those candidates whom they think qualify to be the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year 2019.

About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

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.