Tarka Residents Propose Establishment of Civil Response Network

Tarka residents
Students at Tarkastad’s Nobubele Public School playing during breaktime. Residents want to form the Civil Response Network to protect crucial infrastructure like schools and homes. Photo Credit: Loyiso Gxothiwe


Residents of Tarkastad are being invited to join in the establishment of a Civil Response Network aimed at creating action plans between communities for emergency response.

A meeting will be held on 18 August 2016 at 18:00 at Lesley’s B&B to give residents an opportunity to contribute ideas and expertise.

The proposed initiative will centre on an emergency response unit which will assist with fire management, neighbourhood watches and emergency ambulance services, amongst other emergency situations. The network will be established and consist of volunteer-residents. Tarkastad has a shortage of equipment, infrastructure and personnel to deal with emergency situations. Organisers hope to expand the scope of services to other areas, aside from emergency response, over time.

One of the organisers, Charmaine Jonk, said “The main objective of this initiative is to get the community involved with one another to make assistance and life easier for all”. Charmaine  also added that the programme will not be limited to, or centred in, town but aim to include all residents and areas in its aims and membership.

For more information, residents can look at the Tarkastad Facebook event. Interested parties can contact Charmaine on 071 231 9097 to inquire about the network and the meeting.