Tsumeb Town

Tsumeb is located at 1915' southern latitude and 1742' eastern longitude, and lies 1 310 metres above mean sea level. Windhoek, Namibia's capital city, is 380 km by air and 435 km by tarred road. The total population of Tsumeb and the region is estimated at 22.500 (12 300 male and 10 200 female), of whom some 15 970 live in the town itself.

Tsumeb has a subtropical climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. The mean maximum temperature lies at 29,7 C, while the mean minimum temperature is 14,4 C. Occasional thunderstorms occur during the summer rainfall months, October to March. The average rainfall is 555 mm per annum.

The town is well known for its copper and lead smelters. Tsumeb boats the biggest lead-producing mine in Africa, and is the fifth largest lead producer in the world.

A standard-gauge Trans Namib rail connection links Tsumeb with Windhoek, Walvis Bay and the Republic of South Africa.

The following represent fundamental issues of the Tsumeb Town Council's mission to promote the future development of the town and region:

  • We are inextricably part of northern Namibia, and commit ourselves to promoting the concept of a unified regional approach in order to achieve our objectives, which is possible with the existing structures.
  • We will strive for the upliftment of all our people, be it financially, technically, intellectually, spiritually, physically or culturally. 
  • We know that the region has the potential to maintain its position as the hub of northern Namibia in the fields of agriculture, tourism, education, administration, industry, commerce, recreation and culture.
  • We believe that agriculture is the primary economic sector that will facilitate the execution of a viable and sustainable economy and provide both entrepreneurial and employment opportunities.
  • We do realize, however, that the region's tourism potential must also be utilized to the full.
  • We are convinced that Tsumeb is the gateway to the North as a whole, and that it can serve as the prime locality for attracting appropriate industrial and commercial enterprise, and for exports to other African countries and elsewhere via the Trans-Caprivi Highway.
  • We also believe that, in order to achieve these goals, we must liaise closely with especially the Government so as to avoid costly duplication.