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Mozambique joins the Banjul System

With effect from 15 August 2020, brand owners can use the Banjul system to protect their marks in Mozambique and ten other countries by filing one application and paying one set of fees. On 15 May 2020, Mozambique deposited its instrument of accession to the Banjul Protocol on Marks with the Director General of ARIPO, […]

Guidelines for Reopening of Businesses – Level 2 Lockdown

Following the announcement of the further extension of the national lockdown to the 17th May 2020, The Minister of Health published the Public Health (COVID – 19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) (Amendment) Order, 2020 (No. 5) (Statutory Instrument 99 of 2020). This order must be read alongside the guidelines set by the Ministry […]

COVID-19 Client Support |

What You Need to Know about the Deferral of Rental Mortgage During Lockdown

On 29th April 2020, the President of Zimbabwe issued the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) (Deferral of Rent and Mortgage Payments During National Lockdown) Regulations, 2020[1] on account that the national lockdown had put many people on forced leave from employment and therefore the people were unable to pay for their rentals and mortgage payment for […]

A brief look into how COVID-19 will affect court operations in Zimbabwe

Practice Direction 1 of 2020 – An intervention to control court processes in light of COVID 19 What happens to pending matters before the Courts? The COVID 19 has resulted in serious disruptions to court matters. Pursuant to the decree of a National Lock Down by the President, the judiciary through the Chief Justice issued […]

COVID-19 Client Support |

10 FAQs about COVID-19 & Employment Law in Zimbabwe

Can an employee unilaterally absent himself/herself from work? An employee cannot unilaterally absent himself/herself from work. The Employee has to get prior approval from the employer or apply for a leave of absence in terms of the relevant code of conduct. In fact, if an employee absents himself/herself for more than 5 days without leave […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Client Support |

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 […]

Corporate Advisory |

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 […]

Jobs |

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. […]

Announcements |

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.

Real Estate |

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 […]