Tarkastad, Eastern Cape

Tarkastad, Eastern Cape

Tarkastad 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 word Traka (meaning Women) and the Afrikaans word Stad (meaning City).


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.

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