The government has completed pegging 300 stands at Tshino and Sawudweni areas where the Sipepa flood victims will be relocated following a unanimous decision to move the families to safe places.

A total of 164 stands were pegged at Tshino, while 126 others were pegged at Sawudweni.

Although the initial target was to peg 234 stands, the team pegged 56 extra stands to accommodate all the flood victims that are willing to be resettled.

The pegging began on the 7th of this month and was conducted by a team comprising the Agritex department, Environmental Management Agency, Forestry Commission as well as the Tsholotsho Rural District Council.

Chairperson of the Department of Civil Protection for Tsholotsho District, Ms Gladys Zizhou said the target is to assist each homestead with a toilet, granary, one hut and a three bed-roomed house which will cost US$12 000 per homestead.

“What is left now is for people to go and pick up their numbers so that they can be allocated the stands in the new area but we have a challenge of resources. We have just pegged the stands but our resources are not yet availed,” she said.

The Department of Civil Protection is now engaging the stakeholders and the donor community to raise funds that will be used to purchase building material for the construction of the new homesteads.

The victims agreed to be relocated following the destruction of their homes by Cyclone Dineo.