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The Zimbabwe Media Commission is a Constitutional body established through Constitutional Amendment 20 of 2013. The broad mandate of the Commission as spelt out by Section 249 of the Constitution and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) includes the following, among other functions:

  • To uphold, promote and develop freedom of the media;
  • To ensure that the people of Zimbabwe have fair and wide access to information;
  • To encourage the use and development of all the officially recognised languages of Zimbabwe; and
  • To encourage the adoption of new technology in the media and in the dissemination of information.

To ensure that the people of Zimbabwe have wide access to information, the Commission has registered more than 140 media houses publishing monthly, weekly and daily publications.  It has been noted that these publications are mainly published in English with only a small number being published in local languages.  Apart from this, current publications have an urban bias in that their major areas of circulation and news sources are urban-based.  This leaves the better part of the population living in communal and remote areas with very little access to information through printed publications. Invariably, this skewed nature of the country’s media landscape would lead to uneven development with rural communities not having much access to information and developments taking place in the country.

The Constitution recognises 16 official languages which are: Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa.

This being the case and in line with its mandate, the Zimbabwe Media Commission in its Strategic Plan of Action intends to implement a programme that promotes the use of the 16 officially recognised languages through print publications (newspapers and magazines). The promotion of local publications in local languages would ensure the continuing growth of the published languages as well as wide access to information by those in rural areas.

The Zimbabwe Media Commission is now inviting individuals to undertake a study on the feasibility of promoting publications in local languages in partial fulfilment of its mandate.

 Scope of Study

The scope of the should include the following:

  • An assessment of literacy levels in local languages by inhabitants of concerned areas;
  • Economic viability of publications in the identified languages;
  • Promotion of women publishers in publications in local languages;
  • A likely assistance model or package to be adopted by the Commission and other possible donors in the promotion of such publications; and
  • The sustainability of national language publications beyond Commission assistance.

 Expected Output

A report on the sustainability of publications in local languages with a bias towards women publishers.  The report should be handed in by 31 January 2019.

How to Apply

Interested individuals should send their application letters together with their CVs to the Zimbabwe Media Commission not later than 10 November 2018. The application should clearly spell out the time needed to complete the study as well as the charges for the study.  The application should be posted to:

The Chief Executive Officer

Zimbabwe Media Commission

Media Centre, Rainbow Towers Grounds


Or E-Mail to: information@mediacommission.co.zw

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