Lejweleputswa District Municipality is situated in the north-western part of the Free State. The district comprises the municipalities of Masilonyana, Matjhabeng, Nala, Tokologo and Tswelopele.
The main economic activities in the district are mining and agriculture. Matjhabeng is the largest local municipality and contains the most mining activity. Recently there has been an economic downturn wthin the gold mining region. MOst of the retrenched labourers, mainly unskilled, remain in the region, adding to the social problems associated withdecling economic conditions.
The agricultural sector is also experiencing negative growth due to a number of factors including drought and market conditions. In addition, most farmers are mechanising their operations causing job losses and migration of workers to urban areas. As the economies of the smaller towns are based on business supporting agriculture, the business climate of the smaller towns is showing negative trends.
Serious attempts to provide skills training to the labour force will be necessary to increase the economic viability of the region. A stronger business presence needs to be established in the previously disadvantaged areas to stimulate economic activity.