Zimbabwe indigenous law hits Nestlé

Swiss food giant Nestlé is one of 12 multinational companies being forced to sell 51 per cent of its Zimbabwean operations to local citizens.

This content was published on September 26, 2011 - 16:10 and agencies

A law enacted in March 2010 requires any foreign company with assets valued at over $500,000 (SFr453,000) to sell 51 per cent to indigenous Zimbabweans.

Nestlé, along with Barclays Bank and British American Tobacco amongst others, has until the end of September to comply with the law or risk facing losing its license to operate in the country.

“Nestlé Zimbabwe proposed a plan relating to indigenisation in November 2010,” a Nestlé spokeswoman said. “We have also responded to a letter received from the Indigenisation Minister on August 18, 2011, and have been in contact with the authorities since then.”

Nestlé has been present in Zimbabwe for 50 years. The company employs some 200 people in its factory in the capital Harare, which produces cereals and powdered milk for the local market.

In 2009, the factory was forced to close temporarily following pressure from government authorities to purchase milk from certain suppliers which were not under contract by the company.

Articles in this story

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?