1979 in Zimbabwe-Rhodesia
- President: Josiah Zion Gumede (starting 1 June and ending 12 December)
- Prime Minister: Abel Muzorewa (starting 1 June and ending 12 December)
- 1 June - Rhodesia becomes Zimbabwe Rhodesia as an interim state.
- 12 December - In line with the terms of the Lancaster House Agreement, Zimbabwe Rhodesia formally returns to colonial status as the "British Dependency of Southern Rhodesia".
- August 20 — Mandy Leach, freestyle swimmer
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