This district accounts for 40.3% of the province’s economic activity. Strategically located and with good infrastructure, Kimberley is the leading centre in the province for retail, financial services, education, commerce and light industry.
Although Kimberley is historically renowned for diamond mining, its economy is now driven by its role as the administrative headquarters of the province.
Towns: Kimberley, Barkly West, Warrenton, Hartswater, Jan Kempdorp.
This district is the smallest but with a population of approximately 325 500, it is the most densely populated.
The Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre and the Sol Plaatje University are in Kimberley.
Mining and agriculture are found in rural municipalities. Agriculture in the region comprises crop cultivation and stock and game farming. The Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme is the largest irrigation project of its kind in the southern hemisphere, and produces maize, cotton, fruit, peanuts and wheat.
- Sol Plaatje University
- Kimberley International Diamond and Jewellery Academy (KIDJA)
- Mining: diamonds and precious stones
- Manufacturing: textiles, agri-processing.