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Older Persons Act (Chapter 17:11) (Act 1/2012)
Parliament of Zimbabwe
September 17, 2012

Gazetted: Monday 17th September 2012
Commencement: Not in force as at 1st October 2012 [date of commencement still to be fixed by statutory instrument in terms of section 1(2)]

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To provide for the well-being of older persons; to provide for the appointment of a Director for Older Persons affairs, the establishment of an Older Persons Board; to create an Older Persons Fund; and to provide for matters connected therewith, or incidental thereto.

ENACTED by the President and Parliament of Zimbabwe.



1 Short title and date of commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the Older Persons Act [Chapter 17:11].

(2) This Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by the President by statutory instrument.

2 Interpretation

In this Act

“adjustment order” means an adjustment order served in terms of section 11;

“Board” means Older Persons Board established in terms of section 4;

“destitute or indigent”, in relation to an older or other person, has the meaning given to that term by the Social Welfare Assistance Act [Chapter 17:05];

“Director” means the Director of Older Persons Affairs referred in section 3;

“home” means any premises specifically provided for the residence of older persons;

“Minister” means the Minister of Labour and Social Services or any other Minister to whom the President may assign the administration of this Act;

“older person” means a citizen of Zimbabwe aged sixty-five years or above, who is ordinarily resident therein;

“ordinarily resident” means, in relation to an older person, an older person who resides in Zimbabwe for not less than one hundred and eighty-one days in any calendar year.

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