Safe Deposit Boxes in Zimbabwe

Explore the implications of Zimbabwe’s Finance Act No. 13 of 2023, which grants ZIMRA powers to access safe deposit boxes, aiming to enhance tax transparency. Learn how these amendments align with international standards and their impact on financial privacy and tax enforcement.

The New Sentencing Guidelines: Striving for Equality and Justice in Zimbabwe

The Criminal Procedure (Sentencing Guidelines) Regulations 2023 in Zimbabwe aim to promote consistency and fairness in sentencing. These guidelines, enacted on August 8, 2023, address disparities in punishment highlighted in the case of State v Sixpence & 5 Others HH567/23. They introduce a victim impact statement, ensuring victims have a voice in the sentencing process. Additionally, the guidelines consider factors such as offender characteristics and the probability of reoffending. This approach aims to provide certainty in sentencing and enhance justice for both offenders and victims.

The Labour Amendment Act of 2023: A Summary

Explore the significant changes introduced by the Labour Amendment Act of 2023, designed to enhance employee protections and align Zimbabwean labour laws with international standards. Learn about provisions addressing violence and harassment, forced labour, gender discrimination, termination of employment, retrenchment procedures, maternity leave, hourly work contracts, educational leave, dispute resolution, employment codes of conduct, and the employment of young persons. Stay informed to ensure compliance, maintain ethical operations, and foster a positive work environment.

Wills Simplified

Delve into the complexities of wills in Zimbabwe, breaking the cultural taboo surrounding death and estate planning. Learn about the requirements for writing a will, who can benefit from it, and the legal formalities involved. Discover the significance of proper estate planning to ensure a seamless transition of assets and affairs after one’s passing.

Warehouse Receipts Act

Delve into the Warehouse Receipts Act and Regulations, examining their influence on agricultural commodity trading in Zimbabwe. Discover the registration and licensing processes for warehouse operators and persons, storage standards, negotiability of receipts, and the transformative role of the Zimbabwe Mercantile Exchange (ZMX) in fostering financial inclusion.

Investor Protection

The article discusses the rights and remedies available to both foreign and domestic investors in the event of currency devaluation in the investee country. It begins by defining currency devaluation and outlining the circumstances that lead to it, such as excess supply of currency or trade imbalances. In Zimbabwe, investors are protected against indirect expropriation and guaranteed fair and equitable treatment of their investments under the Zimbabwe Investment Development Agency Act. They also have recourse to statutory remedies such as judicial and arbitration proceedings, as well as the option to seek National Project Status or invest in Special Economic Zones.

Children’s Act (Chapter 5:06)

The Children’s Amendment Act No. 8 of 2023 introduces significant changes to strengthen child protection in Zimbabwe and align the country’s laws with international standards. Part 1 of the series focuses on the introduction of various criminal sanctions aimed at protecting children from abuse and exploitation.

Surrogacy in Zimbabwe

The article provides an overview of surrogacy in Zimbabwe, highlighting the absence of a legal framework to govern surrogacy agreements and the associated risks. It explores the definition of surrogacy, different types of surrogacy arrangements, and contrasts commercial and altruistic surrogacy. The discussion delves into landmark surrogacy cases in the USA, such as the Baby M case, illustrating the legal complexities surrounding surrogacy arrangements in the absence of clear legislation.

Trade Contracts

The article delves into restraint of trade clauses in contracts, addressing their definition, purpose, history, and enforceability, as well as providing guidance for both employers and employees

Notarial General Covering Bonds (NGCBs)

The article discusses the shift away from Notarial General Covering Bonds (NGCBs) towards the Movable Property Security Interests Act in Zimbabwe, highlighting how this change impacts financial inclusion and access to credit.