This Act stipulates that the fund established in terms of section 3 of the African Development Fund Act shall, on and after the fixed date, continue in existence and shall be known as the District Development Fund. The trustee of the Fund shall be the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development or any other Minister to be appointed by the President. This Minister shall, subject to this Act, have the sole management, control and use of the Fund. The Minister, after consultation with the Minister responsible for agriculture, may, by Statutory Instrument, declare such rural area to be a development area for the purposes of this Act (sect. 5). Section 8 places limits on expenditure from Fund. The objects to which the Fund may be applied shall be the development of Communal Land and development areas (sect. 3).
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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.