Kuruman is the headquarters of local government in this region which contributes 19.7% to the province’s economy. The Sishen iron-ore mine outside Kathu is a vast undertaking, providing employment for thousands of people.
Samancor’s Mamatwan and Wessels manganese mines and plants are situated at Hotazel.
Towns: Kuruman, Kathu, Hotazel.
The local spring produces 20-million litres of water every day.
Most of the district is situated on the Ghaap Plateau, over 1 000 metres above sea-level, and can experience extreme temperatures. Most agricultural activity is limited to grazing and boer goats are a popular breed among farmers, although game hunting is growing.
Kathu has a well-developed CBD with shopping malls that arose when iron demand was high.
- Kathu Industrial Park (IDC involvement)
- Eco-tourism and hunting
- Boesmansput diving resort
- Gamagara Mining Corridor
- Goat commercialisation
- Agri-processing: olives, grains, pecan nuts, medicinal plants.