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Kapena ilonga without practical work experience

Kapena ilonga without practical work experience

The first eight interns in a formal experiential learning programme offered by Sanlam, bade their short-term employer farewell this week when their three-month internship came to a conclusion on Thursday.

For Nelmarie Nell, Dandago !Goases, Sandy Kamati, Niita Shilongo, Joel Kagola, Stephanie de Groot, Charlet Engelbrecht and Michelle Kavari, it was a dream come true when they managed to land an internship with Sanlam in their third study year. The eight-some are studying for degrees in law, commerce, finance, investment, business administration and marketting, at the three local universities.

During the three-month internship, they were exposed to the day to day work in an office, relevant to their individual fields of study.

Sanlam Group Chief Executive, Tertius Steers, said the formalised Sanlam internship programme was created with the objective of cultivating and nurturing skills development to assist students to acquire the necessary work experience and supplement their theoretical knowledge with the practical work they need to get them ready for the job market.

He acknowledges the typical conundrum of many students in that they need experience to get a job but can not get one without experience.

Speaking on behalf of the interns, Dandago !Gaoses thanked Sanlam for the opportunity saying that the immense knowledge and skills they acquired during the last three months are invaluable. “This was a proper internship were we were treated like ordinary staff members and made to feel like part of the company,” she said.

She added that the internship exposed them to real work conditions as they were expected to do a substantial amount of work. “The internship was also good for our personal development and growth and we have acquired many skills which we otherwise would not have had without this opportunity,” she said.

The Sanlam Internship programme is open to students in their 3rd or final year who need to complete work integrated learning or experiential learning as part of their studies. The programme is open to students studying Accounting and Finance, Business Managements, Economics, Marketing, Communication, Human Resources and Law.

Sanlam said it will advertise the 2020 internship programme in the local media.

Caption: Tertius Steers (back row, second from left) and his human resources department bade farewell this week to Sanlam’s first official intake of interns. The eight students are studying for various relevant degrees at local tertiary institutions.


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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.