Economic Activities in the constituency Economic Activities in the constituency

Agriculture

Agriculture is the most dominant economic activity in the constituency with commercial livestock farming and crop production. The town of Otavi, Tsumeb and Grootfontein defines an area known as ‘Otavi Triangle’. This geographical region is sometimes referred to as the ‘Golden Triangle’ or as the ‘Maize Triangle’, owing to the cultivation of maize in the area. The constituency receives the high rainfall in the country with an annual rainfall ranging from 400m – 600mm.

Mining

The first vanadium mineral was recognized by W. Maucher in 1908 in the Otavi Mountain land, but the first complete geologic and mineralogical descriptions of the vanadium ores in the Otavi Mountain land were provided by Schneiderhöhn 1929 and Diefenbach 1930. Most of the deposits have been exhausted and abandoned in 1978.

Kombat Copper Mine

Kombat Copper mine is Located 37 km East of Otavi. It was discovered in 1850 and mining operations started around 1962. The mine has good infrastructure, including power, water, roads, and railway access. It was closed in 2008 due to underground water flooding.

Otjikoto Gold Project (B2Gold Mine)

The Otjikoto gold mine (B2gold Namibia) is located 40 kilometers with the constituency from constituency capital, Otavi on B1 road to Otjiwarongo. It is the second Namibian gold mine and has made history being constructed in shortest time in the country. The mine is projecting to produce from 540,000 - 610,000 ounces of gold per year. The project benefits significantly from Otjozondjupa Region well established infrastructure paved highways, a railway, power grids, and process water all close by.

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