is a small Karoo
town in the province of Eastern Cape
in South Africa
. Tarkastad is on a plain to the north of the Winterberge
mountain range. The name Tarkastad is believed to come from the Khoi-Khoi
(meaning Women) and the Afrikaans
Tarkastad was established in 1862
as a church centre and became a municipality in 1864
. The grave of Lt. Sheridan, cousin of Winston Churchill
can be found in the local cemetery.
San rock paintings can be seen in the area. Victorian cast iron lamp posts and broekie lace adornments indicate the British colonial influence. Tarkastad's first Municipal Manager after apartheid is Mrs Smilo Dayi an ex-political prisoner. The first mayor after apartheid was Mr Ntsikelelo Sampempe.