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Hoeksema drives O&L corporate relations

Miss Namibia in 1995 and today at the pinnacle of a professional career that is built on the Ohlthaver & List corporate image, Patricia Hoeksema is in charge of corporate relations for the whole group.

Miss Namibia in 1995 and today at the pinnacle of a professional career that is built on the Ohlthaver & List corporate image, Patricia Hoeksema is in charge of corporate relations for the whole group.

Patricia Hoeksema has recently been appointed as Group Manager: Corporate Relations at the Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies. Patricia is by no means a new addition to the Group, having been the NBL Corporate Social Investment Manager since 2004. She says: “Having been involved in social welfare activities as Miss Namibia in 1995, I always had the desire to do more community work, so being at the Breweries afforded me the opportunity to earn a living while doing something I am passionate about.”

Looking back at her career at NBL she said that she considers the establishment of the Self-regulating Alcohol Industry Forum as a definite highlight during this period. “I challenged the norm whereby competitors were opposed to cooperation, and created a new reality of competitors in the alcohol industry working together to self-regulate and reduce alcohol-related harm. Other highlights include the establishment of the Recycle Namibia Forum, the commencement of the barley trials in Namibia, and numerous projects such as renovating the Oncology clinic, supporting various children’s homes as part of NBL’s commitment to supporting orphans and vulnerable children in Namibia.”
In her new position as head of the fairly recently established corporate relations function she now looks after the hub of excellence in the fields of communication, stakeholder relations and corporate social investment which services the entire O&L Group. “Leading the corporate relations function for the O&L group as of 1 March 2013 has been a challenging and exciting experience in so far as the complexity and scale resulting from the diversity of the group ranging from beverages and steelworks to retail, fishing, and the dairy industry to name but a few. However, the reward of working in a business that is committed to making our country a better place and where everybody is inspired by a purpose of Creating a Future, Enhancing Life – by far outweighs any challenges,” she adds.
On the question as to whether it is more difficult for women to make it to the top, Hoeksema feels that it has improved tremendously, and there are more and more businesses that appreciate women for the different dimension they bring to the management team, as well as the fact that often women are better all-round managers. “But I also find that women are extremely critical of other women, and that if women would be as tolerant and supportive of their female co-workers, and themselves, as they are of their male co-workers, the gender imbalance could be rectified with an increased speed.”
Her advice to young people who are aiming for the top of the corporate ladder: “Rather do more than less, don’t hesitate to take on extra work even if it isn’t your own, see every opportunity to do more as an opportunity to grow, and take joy and pride in doing your best, no matter what it is you do.”


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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.