Tarka meeting off to a slow start

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JOYFUL SOUNDS: Christmas carols at the Willemse home in Tarkastad Picture: GARVIN WILLEMSE

TARKASTAD – A meeting with residents scheduled to start at 10am on Monday in the town hall with the supply chain and Local Economic Development (LED) units of Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality got off to a slow start. When the meeting eventually started at 12pm, residents were provided with reasons for the delay, which included a break-in at the former Tsolwana Municipality offices over the previous weekend, and the unavailability of transport that morning, resulting in delegates using their own vehicles to get to the meeting.
Disgruntled residents protested against the delayed start, the unavailability of an agenda, as well as poor planning and marketing of the meeting. An apology was made to the residents, with assurances that the municipality would pay more attention to these matters in the future.

The supply chain unit representative urged local businesses to register on the Central Supplier Database (CSD) in order to be considered for government spending. She confirmed that this was the only database in use by the municipality and that businesses not registered on this database were unable to trade with the municipality and other government institutions. Construction workers were urged to register with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), while those involved in building of homes should register with the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) before responding to requests for tenders from the municipality. These registrations needed to be completed before registering on the CSD.

Some farmers at the meeting raised questions that related to livestock and maintenance of the government properties they were renting. Their concerns would be addressed in another meeting with the LED unit.

A second meeting has been scheduled for January 25 at 10am at the same venue, at which the LED unit will consult with local business owners on all sectors. Business owners in Tarkastad involved in any kind of business activities, including manufacture, construction, retail and wholesale, agriculture, travel and tourism and food and beverage, are encouraged to attend this meeting, when they can contribute constructive ways in which the municipality can assist the economic development of Tarkastad. An agenda for the meeting will be circulated to all businesses in Tarkastad early in January.

ORANGE Grove Schools held a highly successful talent show on November 30 at the school.

The evening included singing, dancing, musical performances, drama, comedic sketches and some poetry recitals. While the students enjoyed themselves on-stage, the audience enjoyed themselves even more.

ONE of Tarkastad’s oldest and most recognised organisations, the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHs), is hosting a mountain bike race on December 17. The cycle race will feature 65km, 30km and 10km mountain bike races plus 10km and 5km fun-run races. First prize-winners will be receiving Karoo lambs. “We want Tarka to have a big fun day!” says Thinus Mulder, one of the event organisers and the MOTHs’ scribe. The MOTHs is an ex-servicemen’s organisation founded in Durban by Charles Alfred Evenden, himself a World War I veteran. The MOTHs have organised this event for fundraising to assist elderly members of the organisation – ex-servicemen and women – (most of whom locally are in Tarka Home). The money will help pay for medical equipment and other things the ex-servicemen may need. Vendors are invited to sell their products at the event. Sellers will not be required to pay for stalls. The profits they make will be theirs to keep. Midas and a few other businesses are donating equipment and prizes to the event. Entries are open to all ages and raffle tickets will be sold for R20.

For information, contact Thinus Mulder on (045) 846-0139 or Colleen Price on (045) 846-0435.

GARVIN and Justine Willemse hosted a carols by candlelight event at their home on December 4 when about 50 parents and children enjoyed a night of music in picnic style on their lawn. The purpose of the evening was to celebrate the joys of Jesus, the love that He has for humanity – and children in particular – and the gifts received through Him.

HANS Botha arranged a successful and well-supported sports day at the sports club on December 3. The day included clay pigeon shooting, paintball, target shooting, bow shooting, pool, darts and bowling. It was rounded off with a steak dinner.

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