This Act concerns control on the use of alienated land. Whenever the President considers it necessary or expedient to do so, he or she may make Regulations for the purpose of ascertaining the nature and extent of the occupation or use of alienated land (sect. 2). The Regulations may, among other things, require owners or occupiers of alienated land to supply specified information and prescribe powers and duties of officers appointed under section 4. Such officers may be appointed by the Minister for the purpose the nature and extend of occupation and use of alienated land. "Alienated land" is defined in section 2 as any land other than State land. (5 sections)
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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.