Brian Kudzaishe Mataruka
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BornBrian Kudzaishe Mataruka
  • Entreprenuer; Lawyer
EmployerGill Godlonton & Gerrans Legal Practitioners
OrganizationUmhlaba Green Fields (Private) Limited; Umuzi Properties

Brian Kudzaishe Mataruka is a Zimbabwean practising lawyer based in Harare, Zimbabwe and a partner with a leading Harare law firm, Gill Godlonton & Gerrans Legal Practitioners, where he also heads the Insolvency and Mining departments. His key areas of speciality are in matters of insolvency, mining, infrastructure and deal structuring. He recently scooped the Chairman's 2020 Africa Leadership University Scholarship Award together with fellow Zimbabwean Tafadzwa Bete Sasa for his efforts in entrepreneurship circles.


He is also a non-executive Director of Willdale Bricks Limited, the only brick manufacturing company listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and sits on boards of various leading private limited companies such as Aviation Ground Services (Private) Limited.

Brian has experience in both the public and private sector having worked as a research assistant at the Judicial Service Commission and upon qualifying as an attorney joined the corporate sector as legal officer for a leading group of companies with interests in various sectors of the economy. Immediately prior to his joining the firm Brian had been elevated to the post of head of legal and corporate affairs of the same corporate entity. On account of his industry experience, Brian brings in a wealth of experience in commercial and corporate affairs issues with an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the expectations of our corporate and commercial clients.[1]


  • LLB (Hons) degree (UZ)
  • Diploma in Mineral Resources Management (Zimbabwe Institute of Management)
  • Started MBA class in October 2019 at ALU School of Business under the Chairman's Scholarship for Excellence in Business Leadership.


A leading entrepreneur in his own right, Brian is one of the founding directors of an agricultural export company called Umhlaba Green Fields (Private) Limited which exports horticultural agricultural produce to Europe. He is also the founding Director of a construction company called Umuzi Properties which specialises in low to medium scale housing in Zimbabwe and has built over a hundred homes since its inception in July 2017. Through these companies, Brian is directly involved in the employment of more than one hundred employees fending for more than 300 dependants. Brian has previously been voted as personality of the month by a leading Zimbabwean lifestyle magazine and is regarded as a proponent of social change in Zimbabwe and as one of the leading development entrepreneurs in the Sub-Saharan region.[2]

As Past President of the Rotaract Club of Borrowdale Brooke, Brian established two major charity projects that he is still involved with today. His moral obligation to give back to the community is so inspiring. He gathered the support of sponsors like Telecel, Econet and Enbee to create the Hatcliffe Spelling Bee, which has become an annual event in June that is hugely popular. The club is currently a finalist for the Plascon Paint Your Community Challenge, and hopes to win in order to paint the Hatcliffe Clinic this year. He is also involved in a drive to raise funds to provide sanitary pads to rural girls in need and is currently working closely with Southern African Women’s Institute of Development Affairs (SAWIDA) and the Rotaract Club of Harare West to import more than 7 000 reusable sanitary kits, which shall be donated to rural communities.[3]

Positions Held

  • Partner at Gill Godlonton & Gerrans Legal Practitioners
  • Non-Executive Director of Willdale Bricks Limited
  • Board member of Aviation Ground Services (Private) Limited
  • Founding Director of Umhlaba Green Fields (Private) Limited
  • Founding Director of Umuzi Properties.


2020 Africa Leadership University Scholarship Award

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  1. [1], Published: ND, Retrieved: 18 December 2019
  2. [2], 'Ariel Nkanika', Published: 20 September 2019, Retrieved: 18 December 2019
  3. [3], 'Anne Rothrock Beattie', Published: ND, Retrieved: 18 December 2019