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COVID-19: can a party invoke force majeure clauses to escape a contract?

News of COVID19 shocked the world when on New Years’ Eve it was reported that the virus had been detected in a region in China. Since then, it has spread to over 93 countries. Lockdowns and other restrictive impacts which arose as a result of COVID 19 no doubt can have a dilatory effect on […]

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COVID-19 – MawereSibanda precautionary measures

Dear Valued Client, As the global concern around the current COVID-19 outbreak grows, we at MawereSibanda are taking the pandemic very seriously. In light of this, we are doing our best to keep everyone healthy and safe by taking precautionary measures to safe guard the health of both our employees and clients. As such our […]

Announcements |

New Year, New Law: An Analysis of the Consumer Protection Act

The Zimbabwe legislature has gazetted the Consumer Protection Act [Chapter 14:14], No. 5/2019 which seeks to offer more protection to consumers of goods and services in the market place and to eliminate unethical suppliers and improper business practices. This note highlights some of the noteworthy features of the Act. We point out sections of the […]

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Vacancy: Office orderly

Position: Office orderly Position Overview The main purpose of the position is to ensure cleanliness of offices and timely delivery of all office supplies to recipients. The office orderly shall also perform a variety of support office duties that may be required. Responsibilities: Assist with the preparation of work areas and documents / folders for […]

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Is the “One-to-One” case a storm in a tea cup?

A note on the practical implications of the Supreme Court Ruling in Zambezi Gas Zimbabwe (Private) Limited v N. R Barber (Private) Limited and Another SC 3/20 Background On 20 January 2020, Chief Justice Malaba delivered judgment in the matter of Zambezi Gas Zimbabwe (Private) Limited v N. R Barber (Private) Limited and Another SC […]

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration |

Vacancy: Legal Clerk – Companies and Estates

Position: Legal Clerk – Companies and Estates Position Overview We are looking for a Legal Clerk to join our Companies and Estates team in February 2020. Responsibilities This role will include but is not limited to: Filing documents and making follow ups at the Companies and Deeds Registries Filing documents and making follow ups at […]

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The Meaning and Impact of the Consumer Protection Bill

Consumers often face imbalances in economic terms, educational levels and bargaining power and bearing in mind that consumers should have the right of access to non-hazardous products, as well as the right to promote just, equitable and sustainable economic and social development. The phenomenal growth of consumerism worldwide has led to many jurisdictions improving their […]

Legislative changes |

Notice of Resignation

The Partners of MawereSibanda Commercial Lawyers notify you that Sharon Bwanya will be leaving the firm on the 31st December 2019. Pending the date of her departure she will be attending a secondment programme in the UK.  Sharon has been with the firm since graduating from law school in 2007 and made partner in 2014. […]

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New Appointments

As part of our continuous commitment to customer care, anti-money laundering and cyber security, MawereSibanda has made the following appointments:   MawereSibanda is a full service commercial law firm headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe with regional presence in Gaborone, Botswana. For more information on our expertise, visit our page.

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Alec Muza Elected Zimbabwe Institute of Patent and Trademarks Agents President

Alec Muza, head of our Intellectual Property practice area, was elected President of the Zimbabwe Institute of Patent and Trademarks Agents at the annual general meeting which took place on 27 February 2019. Alec Muza has 12 years’ experience advising companies on brand protection strategies, trademark and patent filings and prosecutions, copyright, licensing, sale and purchase […]

MS celebrates World IP Day

IP lawyers from MawereSibanda attended this year’s event which was hosted by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) at the ARIPO headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Deeds Registry to Introduce New E-filing System

Zimbabwe’s Deeds Registries Amendment Act came into force on 23 June 2017. It provides for the establishment of an electronic filing system and registry. Get your FREE 1-page download of our 5 Fast Facts About E-Registry when you sign up for our monthly bulletin.

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Bond Notes: What the Legal Experts Are Saying

On the 31st of October 2016 the President of Zimbabwe passed the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Amendment of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act and Issue of Bond Notes) Regulations, Statutory Instrument 133 of 2016 (SI 133 of 2016). The purpose of  the legislation was to provide a legal framework for the introduction of the much […]

5 Tips to Avoid Copyright Infringement Online

In Zimbabwe, copyright exists without registration provided that the right exists within the provisions of the Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act [Chapter 26:05] (the Act). Once it is established that the work concerned falls within the parameters of copyright protection, the copyright owner does not need to take a further step. Works which are eligible […]

Can you copyright your brilliant business idea?

Intellectual property is a complex area of law and also one of the most misunderstood. In Zimbabwe, our sources of copyright law are the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act [Chapter 26:05] and various court decisions where the meaning, nature and scope of copyright are defined. At a recent IP event held in Harare, Zimbabwe, the following scenario was […]

Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions

Rapid growth in commercial transactions in Africa has increased the need for alternatives to litigation – this the gap that arbitration fills, providing an effective and enforceable method of dispute resolution while saving businesses time and money. Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions is an exploration of the processes and issues surrounding arbitration in […]

Record-Breaking: INTA Annual Meeting 2016 Highlights

The International Trademark Association’s (INTA) 138th meeting saw record-breaking numbers with over 10,000 registrants this year. Trademark lawyers from around the world gathered at this year’s annual meeting The annual meeting, which is a strategic networking opportunity for trademark lawyers around the world, took place on May 21 – May 25, 2016. The head of […]

M&A activity hots up in Africa as investors bet on growth

Concerns on the scale of the Ebola crisis, current levels of political unrest and plunging commodity prices would have sent investors rushing out of Africa not long ago. But deal-making in the sub-Saharan region is buoyant as most investors set aside short-term worries and bet big on the continent’s growth prospects. “Africa is on the […]

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