“Minister” means the Minister of Home Affairs
or any other Minister to whom the President may,
from time to time, assign the administration of this
“picture” includes—
(a) any drawing, symbol, illustration, painting,
wood-cut or similar representation;
(b) any print, photograph, engraving or lithograph;
(c) any object in or on which there is a picture;
(d) any exhibition for the purpose of advertising;
but does not include a film;
“place” includes any vehicle, vessel or aircraft;
“play”, in relation to a record, means to render
audible the sounds recorded thereon and includes
the broadcasting thereof through the medium of
radio or television;
“prohibited” in relation to—
(a) any film, means declared to be prohibited in
terms of section twelve;
(b) any publication, picture, statue or record,
means declared to be prohibited in terms of
subsection (2) of section fourteen;
“public”, in relation to the exhibition of any
film, publication, picture or statue, the playing of
any record or the giving of any entertainment,
means the exhibition of such film, publication,
picture or statue, the playing of such record or the
giving of such entertainment, as the case may be—
(a) in public; or
(b) at any place to which admission is obtained—
(i) by membership of any association of
persons; or
(ii) for any consideration, direct or indirect;
(iii) by virtue of any contribution towards
any fund;
and, without derogation from section 13 of the
Interpretation Act [Chapter 1:01], “public entertainment” means an entertainment so given or
intended to be so given;
“publication” includes—
(a) any newspaper, book, periodical, pamphlet,
poster, playing card, calendar or other printed
(b) any writing or typescript which has in any
manner been duplicated or exhibited or made
available to the public or any section of the
“record” means any contrivance or device in or
on which sound has been recorded for reproduction;
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“recorded video or film material” means any
material, whether magnetic tape, photographic film
or other material, upon which any film is recorded;
“statue” includes any figure, cast, carving,
moulding or model;
“theatre” means any—
(a) building, tent or other erection; or
(b) drive-in theatre;
where a public entertainment is given or a film is
exhibited to which the public or any section of the
public has access or is permitted to have access,
whether on payment or otherwise and whether or
not the right of admission thereto is reserved;
“undesirable” means undesirable within the
meaning of subsection (2) of section thirteen.

3 Board of Censors
(1) The Minister shall appoint a board, to be
known as the Board of Censors, to perform the
functions entrusted to it under this Act.
(2) The Board shall consist of not less than nine
members who shall be appointed for a period of not
more than three years.
(3) The Minister may appoint an alternate member to any member of the Board.
(4) A retiring member and an alternate member
shall be eligible for re-appointment as a member or
as an alternate member.
(5) The Minister shall designate one member as
chairman of the Board and one member as vicechairman of the Board.
(6) If the chairman is prevented by illness, absence from Zimbabwe or other cause from exercising his functions on the Board or committees of the
Board, the vice-chairman shall exercise the functions and powers and perform the duties of the
(7) If at a meeting of the Board the chairman
and vice-chairman are absent, the members present
may elect one of their number to preside.
(8) The quorum of the Board shall be as prescribed.
(9) A decision of the majority of the members
present at a meeting of the Board shall be the
decision of the Board:
Provided that in the event of an equality of votes
the person presiding at the meeting shall have a
casting vote in addition to his deliberative vote.


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