Mining plays an important part in the economyof the region and is the district's major source of employment. Most of the mining activities are concentrated in a band that stretches from west of the Pilanesberg southwards through the Bafokeng area and parallel to the Magaliesberg towards Marikana and Brits in the east. The mines along this band have spawned many industries that manufacture supplementary products. Not only are asbestos, tin, chrome, lead, marble, granite, and slate produced in the area but the two largest platinum mines in the world are also found in Bojalana.
Water for irrigation is provided by the Hartebeespoort Dam, a popular tourist attraction and a recreational area for water sports enthusiasts, for local communities as well as visitors.
The Magaliesberg, Pilanesberg and Borakalalo nature reserves provide wonderful opportunities for game viewing and for experiencing the wealth of nature in South Africa, while the popular destinations of Sun City and the Lost City, offer local and foreign tourists excitement of a different type.