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Rural Land Act [Chapter 20:18].

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act concerns rural land. The Act consists of 15 sections divided into 4 Parts: Preliminary (I); Acquisition and Alienation of State Land (II); Occupation of Land by Person Other Than Owner Not Involving Subdivision (III); General (IV).
Communal land and other specified types of land are excluded from the operation of this Act (sect. 3). Section 5 provides for the acquisition of land by the State; section 6 for the alienation of State land. Land may be leased or alienated to a single individual or to a single corporate body but not to two or more persons jointly without the consent of the appropriate Minister (sect. 8). Private land shall not be leased for cultivation if not properly demarcated (sect. 9). No cultivation on the basis of share-cropping shall be permitted by the owner on land to which this Act applies unless an agreement in writing and approved by the Minister is in place (sect. 10). The Act is completed by a Schedule made under section 12 and listing matters to which the Appropriate Minister shall give consideration in exercising any duty, function or power conferred in Part III.
Long title of text
An Act to provide for the acquisition of State land and the disposal of State land; to provide for the control of the subdivision and lease of land for farming or other purposes; to provide for limiting of the number of pieces of land that may be owned by any person and the sizes of such land, and for prohibiting or restricting the rights of non-residents to own, lease or occupy land in Zimbabwe, and to provide for other matters incidental to and connected with the foregoing.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of Act No. 47 of 1963 as amended last by Act No. 13 of 2002.
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Legislation status
in force
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