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“Rabbi, who is my neighbour?”

A large group of teachers including several principals attended the first workshop on Global Citizenship and the role of Information Communication Technology, hosted by the British Council earlier this month.

A large group of teachers including several principals attended the first workshop on Global Citizenship and the role of Information Communication Technology, hosted by the British Council earlier this month.

Making young people aware of the notion of Global Citizenship teaches them values about their own roles in life in relation to other people, and appreciating them for who they are. This powerful message was conveyed to the first group of sixty five Namibian teachers earlier this month when the attended the first Global Citizenship workshop hosted by the British Council. The two-day workshop at the Goethe Centre was followed by a one-day Information Communication Technology (ICT) workshop on at A.I. Steenkamp Primary School in Windhoek. The British Council in Namibia has been chosen as one of the pioneers by its mother organisation, British Council Global, to roll out the new international phenomenon, known as Global Citizenship.  Global Citizenship has a two-pronged approach in its bid to equip children and educators to ensure that they know who they are in relation to other people and also that they appreciate other people for who they are. This ensures that children do not feel incompetent but relevant wherever they find themselves on the globe, irrespective of their gender, colour or creed and promotes global interdependence.

Global Citizenship explores in great detail themes like identity and belonging; fairness, equity and equality; rights and responsibilities; sustainable living; conflict and peace.
It also offers a Continuing Professional Development suite for the teachers which includes on-line courses like Introduction to International Learning, Inter-cultural Practices, Our Partnership Journey and Deeper Understanding of Global Citizenship.  Within this suite is the partnership with schools in the U.K. which seeks to establish symbiotic relationships where both sides benefit from each other through co-planning and co-evaluation of the teaching learning process and exchange programmes for teachers and learners.
The British Council said more workshops of this nature are earmarked for other regions during the second and third school terms this year.

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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.