n Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine - Aliwal North - policing a town bordering two provinces

Volume 109, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1015-2385


The two hot mineral springs, which have extremely high concentrations of minerals and natural gases, form part of the reason for the town's development. The town developed as a health resort and transport centre simultaneously with the railway from East London reaching the town in 1885. This prompted rapid development of the town as a commercial centre for the north-eastern region of the British colony. Today, the town mainly revolves around a farming community producing wool, maize, wheat, beef and dairy. As we wanted to know more about policing this town, SERVAMUS met Capt Ursula Roelofse, the communication officer of the Aliwal North Cluster, at the local police station. Although our main focus is usually on the local police station, we soon realised that the cluster and the various policing units in this cluster play an important role in helping the local police to achieve successes and to keep Aliwal North a safe place for its residents and visitors.

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