National Trust Act
- Commenced on 26 August 1960
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the National Trust Act [Chapter 25:12].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“Council” means the council established under section thirteen;“Minister” means the Minister of Environment and Tourism or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;“prescribed” means prescribed by by-law;“Trust” means the trust established under section three.
3. Establishment of TrustThere is hereby established a trust to be known as the National Trust of Zimbabwe which shall be a body corporate capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name and, subject to this Act, of performing all such acts as bodies corporate may by law perform.
4. Purposes of TrustThe purposes of the Trust shall be—
5. Powers of TrustIn the execution of their purposes the Trust shall have power—
6. Membership of TrustMembership of the Trust shall be divided into such classes and members shall be liable to pay such subscriptions as the Council may, after consultation with the Minister, determine.
7. Liability of membersNo member of the Trust shall be liable for or to contribute towards the payment of the debts and liabilities of the Trust beyond the amount of the annual subscription, if any, of such member or of any contribution agreed to be given and remaining unpaid.
8. Funds of TrustThe funds of the Trust shall consist of such grants, donations, bequests, fees, charges and subscriptions as may from time to time be made to it or be payable to it.
9. Application of fundsThe funds of the Trust shall be applied to the purposes of the Trust and no dividend, bonus or other profit shall at any time be paid out of such funds to any member of the Trust.
10. General meetingsGeneral meetings of members of the Trust shall be held at least once in every year at such time and place as the Council may appoint, and such general meetings shall be called and held in accordance with rules which shall be made by the Council.
11. Accounts and audit
12. Trust exempt from payment of transfer dutyThe Trust shall be exempt from the payment of transfer duty, stamp duty, fees of office or other charges in connection with the registration of title or other rights to immovable property acquired for the purposes of the Trust.
13. Establishment of CouncilThe affairs of the Trust shall be administered by a council to be known as the Council of the National Trust of Zimbabwe.
14. Constitution and membership of Council
15. No remuneration of members of CouncilMembers of the Council shall not be paid any remuneration but, while engaged on the business of the Council, they may be paid from the funds of the Trust reasonable travelling and subsistence expenses at a tariff which shall be prescribed.
16. Vacancies in Council
17. Functions and proceedings of Council
19. Mining prohibited on Trust property
20. Cap. 25:11 not to apply to Trust propertyNotwithstanding the National Museums and Monuments Act [Chapter 25:11], no property owned, held or controlled by the Trust shall be liable to be proclaimed to be a national monument or acquired by the Trustees of the National Museums and Monuments in terms of that Act except with the written permission of the Council and with the approval of the Minister.
History of this document
31 December 2016 this version
26 August 1960