Gobabis Constituency is an electoral constituency in Omaheke Region. It has the largest population of 20,993 inhabitants in the region according to the 2011 Population and Housing Census report.
The Regional Councillor for Gobabis Constituency is Honourable Philippus Katamelo of the Swapo Party. Hon. Katamelo also represents the Omaheke Region as a Member of the National Council
Gobabis Constituency has one town, Gobabis Municipality, which is the regional capital of Omaheke. Gobabis Municipality serves as an important tourism gateway between the SADC countries. It links to one of the most important tourism routes, the Trans-Kalahari Highway, which connects Omaheke region with Okavango Delta and the rest of Namibia.
Economic Development and Investment
With limited service provision from the business sector, Gobabis town holds very large potential in terms of economic development and business growth. It is the main and last/first stopping point on the eastern side of Namibia when travelling along one of the country longest routes, B6, also known as the Trans Kalahari Highway. When exiting the country, the B6 interlinks to Southern Africa’s largest business capital, Johannesburg, via Botswana’s capital Gaborone. It is the shortest and cheapest route to take when connecting to these three great countries in the southern region of Africa. This makes Gobabis a very viable business point now and in the years to come.
Agriculture and Beef Production
In order to enhance the agriculture in the region the town of Gobabis has four marketing facilities for livestock, namely Karoo, Agra and WLA, Gobabis Abattoir and Meatco Feedlot.
Tourism and Accommodation
Gobabis accommodation can be found at SafariNow.com which has a selection of Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, Camping and Caravanning holiday accommodations in Gobabis and surrounds. The site features ten listings, an online map search and competitive prices.
Gobabis Town has over seven guesthouses, B&B, self-catering flats and camping sites for ± 30 sites.
Even though there is lack of serviced land, the housing demand remains high and as such Gobabis requires investors to support the Gobabis Municipality with the construction of houses as well as servicing of land.
Other Economic Potentials
Micro Finance Projects
Mushroom Cultivation Project
This project was started by ten women who saw potential in mushroom cultivation. Mushrooms are macro fungi with characteristic fruiting bodies which are large enough to be seen with the naked eye and picked by hand. During its growth, a mushroom can be a good source of protein which contains all the essential amino acids; it is high in fibre, rich in vitamins, and low in cholesterol. Mushrooms are commonly used for various dishes in different shapes and forms.
Kanaan Bread-making Project
The bakery is constructed within the informal settlement of Gobabis to improve the living standard of people living with HIV/AIDS in the surrounding. This is a community project that is established to improve economic growth in the informal settlement.
Ombapa Utuku Gardening Project
This project is located within the Gobabis Constituency at a resettlement farm called Schornborn and sells their produce in Gobabis for income generation.