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Grade12: Not the results we were hoping for- but there is a solution

Grade12: Not the results we were hoping for- but there is a solution

By Albin Jacobs
Director, Southern Business School Namibia.

The start of the new decade began with the very familiar situation for a lot of school leavers receiving their matric results and, immediately their world took a sharp left-turn and spiralled out of control.

Not receiving the grades you expected, needed or wanted can throw a major spanner in the works when it comes to your future plans. However, if you look around you, you will soon realise, it is only a moment in time, a snapshot if you will and it certainly does not have to define the rest of your life. There are ways to continue to pursue your dream for a qualification and even gain a competitive edge over others if you are ready for the challenge.

In Namibia we emphasise the importance of education and the need to perform well academically. For many it is the only chance they have of getting a bursary, getting into their higher (tertiary) education institution of choice, scholarship or positioning themselves for a good job, career and financial security.

This enormous pressure on pupils and student means they don’t perform as they, their parents or their school expected. Their higher education plans lay in tatters and now after the initial shock of having to deal with disappointing results, it is time to once again look forward and see what you can do to continue on route to fulfilling your dreams.

Many students will simply try to repeat Grade 12, or they may sign up to a college and focus on the subjects that they received disappointing results in. However, this is a difficult road and not always successful.

Repeating Grade 12 with others who are also repeating, doesn’t always work. It might not be a stimulating environment and therefore certainly won’t have the student feel 100% committed and motivated. Doing the same thing again and now sharing the class with ‘kids’ who are younger, whilst they had dreamed of pursuing tertiary education.

Distance education may be the right solution for you. It means you can often choose which institute to study with, depending on your results. Because you will start with a certificate programme at NQF level 5, you don’t need the required 25 points. Certificates and diplomas usually have lower entry requirements than degree programmes. Institutions like Southern Business School only require 20 points in six subjects to enter their Higher Certificate in Management or their Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

The Higher Certificate in Management at Southern Business School gives you a choice of 17 major electives. You can pursue subjects that interest you and already obtain a certificate in a field that you were planning on studying. If you choose the right institute that is NQA recognised, you may even already gain credits towards your further studies. All in your time and when it suits you; perhaps after work or between other activities?

People often don’t think and realise that distance learning is a viable option, provided you choose a properly accredited institution. With the proliferation of tablets, smart phones and good internet connectivity across most of Namibia, distance learning blended with online learning is really taking off. In Namibia, distance learning allows potential students to gain access to higher education that they may otherwise not have. The vast distances that need to be travelled to simply get to an institution of higher learning for contact classes could often be an inhibiting factor. Many deserving students simply cannot access higher education, because they cannot afford the accommodation and associated cost of living away from home.

By using available technologies, distance education ensures access to a wealth of up-to-date information for the distance learning student. With a multitude of programmes, higher certificates, diplomas, degrees and even Master degrees that can be pursued through distance learning, you can continue your academic journey. Even if your matric results weren’t what you hoped or expected. So, wherever you are in Namibia, you now have a viable way of picking up your academic career and put the past behind you.


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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.