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Young school leaders discover their own strengths and weaknesses through psychometric tests

Young school leaders discover their own strengths and weaknesses through psychometric tests

“Capricorn Group believes that the knowledge that these twenty young leaders gained over the past weekend would serve them well beyond the completion of their school period and will equip them to become the future leaders in the community as well as in the public and private sectors.”

This sentiment was expressed by the Capricorn Group Executive for Brand and Corporate Affairs, Marelize Horn, after twenty learners representing ten Windhoek schools, attended a three-day leadership development programme of Capacity Trust. All the learners will serve on their respective schools’ Learner Representative Councils in 2020.

The learners represented Acacia High School, A. Shipena Secondary School, Concordia High School, Dawid Bezuidenhout High School, Delta High School, Ella Du Plessis High School, Windhoek High School, Hage G Geingob High School, Hochland High School and Windhoek Technical High School.

The weekend programme started with psychometric tests for each learner to become aware of his or her own inclination and aptitude. For many it was the first time to learn about themselves in this way. During the rest of the retreat, the focus was on conflict management, communication, change management and leadership skills.

The programme enabled students to understand different personality types and matching strengths and weaknesses, and how these specific types handle stressful situations. Learners became aware not only of their own personalities, which form their preferred tendencies, but were also exposed to other personality types and how to engage and interact with them.

The programme also guided them to understand communication methods such as the OBIO (openness, behaviour, impact and outcome) technique and the effect that emotions have in communication. Each theoretical session was followed by a practical application of the new knowledge.

“Capricorn Group is proud to sponsor this invaluable programme facilitated by Capacity Trust, as it invests in the lives of our future leaders,” concluded Horn.

Caption: Marlize Horn (back row second from left), Executive Officer: Brand & Corporate Affairs, Capricorn Investment Group Limited, with the Windhoek learners who participated in a leadership development programme over the past weekend.


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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.