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DV8’s Jerry goes down under

Jerry Shikongo of DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi kitted out with a Kiwi flag and his new Nam-Flava footwear, created by Namibian artist Ees!The DV8 World Cup team doing the farewell ‘haka’ for Jerry Shikongo as he heads to New Zealand. DV8 MD, Mark Bongers is the biggest clown on the left with the blue shirt. In order to stay on top in the world of digital marketing, Namibian advertising agency, DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi is sending Jerry Shikongo way down under.
Jerry, a UNAM graduate and art director at DV8 since 2007, has been awarded a bursary for 2012 to study Web Development at the prestigious Natcoll Design Technology School in Auckland, New Zealand. The bursary, which is worth over N$200,000, will cover his studies, travel and living expenses for the year.
The 41-week diploma course includes intensive training in advanced client-side development, web protocols and communication, advanced client-side, server-side development and goes on to advanced studies in areas such as industry standard content management systems, database-driven website design, credit card payment technology, Google maps, Ajax, code libraries, how to make sites for mobile phones and for the disabled, amongst others.
“As an industry leader in the merging of traditional marketing with digital strategies, Jerry’s training serves as a vital component in DV8’s ongoing quest to develop vital skills within Namibia. With the global surge in web access, mobile devices and digital communication, it’s crucial that we embrace world standards, and Jerry will bring home the latest trends and practices to strengthen our digital division.
“The current ‘digital marketing’ offerings in Namibia consist of random elements, usually limited to a website, bulk SMSs, spam mail or maybe even a Facebook page. Without a comprehensive through-the-line approach, encompassing traditional and fully integrated and interactive digital strategies, businesses are spending a lot of money for very little noise”, says Mark Bongers, MD of DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi.
As much as the entire DV8 team would like go to Auckland, there’s heaps of work to be done right here in Windhoek, so nine ‘Deviants’ from the creative and strategic department will be studying online for the Certificate in Digital Marketing through the University of Stellenbosch Executive Business School. This 10-week course covers topics such as digital strategy, creating digital assets, social media and viral marketing, web PR and online reputation management, CRM and email marketing, affiliate marketing, mobile engagement, paid media, web analytics and conversion optimisation.
With a very exciting 2012 ahead of us, we wish Jerry all the best in ‘The Land of The Long White Cloud’ and as they say down there, “Good on ya, mate!”

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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.