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Kraatz internship programme absorbs nine more students

Kraatz internship programme absorbs nine more students

Nine more students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology were recently taken on board the Kraatz internship programme, to be groomed in preparation for the working environment by further developing their knowledge and skills.

Specializing in Boiler-making, Welding, and Fitting & Turning, the interns will do their job attachment at Kraatz to gain practical experience necessary for the job market, and get exposure in the Industrial & Mining Division, Workshop, and also in the Marine & Offshore Division where they are exposed to the ship repair industry. Students on the program are mentored and coached by Master craftsmen in the engineering sector, both locally and internationally.

The students are; Immanuel Nghidimondyila; Herman Uugwanga; Oscar Mwifi; Silas Amutenya; Vilho Shihepo; Elias Sheefeni; Pinehas Tobias; Maxwell Diergaardt and Shaun Titus.

“The Kraatz internship program continues to grow from strength to strength. This program forms an integral part of the Kraatz journey of being a catalyst for positive change in a country where skills shortage appears to be one of our significant challenges. We are also dedicated to adding value locally, and skills development is our contribution,” said Kraatz Manager: Human Capital, Roberto January.

Kraatz, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group, has invested in the skills development of 121 students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology since the introduction of its internship program in 2011.


Caption: Kraatz Manager: Human Capital, Roberto January and Kraatz Operations Manager, Kobie Potgieter with some of the students.


 

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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.