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    • In 2009, to combat hyperinflation, Zimbabwe became a multi-currency country. The US Dollar, South African Rand, Euro, Australian Dollar, and more can be used as legal tender in Zimbabwe.
    • Lake Kariba, the biggest man-made lake in the world (by volume), sits along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    • Zimbabwe is home to a huge elephant population, coming in second after Botswana, with over 85,000 elephants.

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Working in Zimbabwe

Employment Information

Zimbabwe’s working culture is relatively relaxed, with 8 hour working days on Monday to Friday being commonplace.

Employees are also entitled to a variety of annual leave allowances, which begin accruing after they have been working with their employer for one year and above. An employee is entitled to 30 days’ leave in every year they have served.

If necessary, employees can also take unpaid leave if they do not have any annual leave accrued.

Employee Leave

Sick Leave

Employees in Zimbabwe can receive up to 90 days of sick leave on full pay, on the condition that a certificate which has been signed by a medical practitioner is provided. Employees can extend this 90-day period by a further 90 days on half pay, providing another signed certificate is provided by their medical practitioner.

Maternity Leave

After one year of service with the same employer, employees qualify for paid maternity leave. The following rules apply for maternity leave:

  • It may only be granted upon the production of a medical certificate
  • It may only be granted three times for the same employer
  • It may only be granted once during a 24-month period (calculated for the date that the previous leave was granted)
  • 21 days of the leave must be taken before confinement, the total duration is 98 days.
  • Unpaid maternity leave may be granted upon request

Public Holidays (as of 2022)

Zimbabwe observes a variety of public holidays, these include:

  • Jan 1: New Year’s Day
  • Feb 21: National Youth Day
  • Apr 15: Good Friday
  • Apr 18: Easter Monday / Independence Day
  • May 2: Worker’s Day (in lieu)
  • May 25: Africa Day
  • Aug 8: Heroes’ Day
  • Aug 9: Defence Forces Day
  • Dec 22: Unity Day
  • Dec 26: Boxing Day
  • Dec 27: Christmas Day (in lieu)


Zimbabwe offers long-term work permits, which are designed for foreign workers who intend to work in Zimbabwe for a period which exceeds 12 months (up to 5 years). This permit is initially issued with a 12-month period and must be renewed in-country for the following years.

Cultural Information

Zimbabwe has a broad and diverse culture with 16 official languages (the most in the world for a single nation). These include Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa.

The dominant religious group is Christianity, which makes up around 84% of the population. Alongside this, traditional religions, Muslims, and other faiths make up minority groups in Zimbabwe.

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