The Act makes provision for the Agricultural Land Settlement Board and for the lease of agricultural land by public authorities in the framework of development of agriculture and the control on the use of land.The 53 sections of this Act are divided into 7 Parts: Preliminary (I); Agricultural Land Settlement Board (II); Functions of the Board (IIa); Land Settlement (III); Control and Occupation of Agricultural Land (IV); Agricultural Land Settlement Appeal Board (V); General (VI).The Agricultural Land Settlement Board shall consider and report on all applications for leases of holdings in terms of this Act (sect. 6L). The Minister of Lands and Water Resources may establish schemes for the settlement of persons or alienation to such persons of agricultural land, for the training of persons in agriculture and agricultural development in general, and for objects incidental to or connected with any object aforementioned (sect. 7). The Minister may give orders to owners or lessees (sect. 22) or occupiers (sect. 23) with respect to occupation. An Agricultural Land Settlement Appeal Board is established under section 30. It shall determine all appeals made to it in terms of this Act.
Implemented by: Agricultural Land Settlement (Permit Terms and Conditions) Regulations, 2014 (S.I. No. 53 of 2014). (2014)
Amended by: Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27]. (2005-07-01)
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The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the former British South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980.