Mozambique country of contrast and a land of smiles
Mozambique is one of the most attractive and intriguing tourist destination
in South Africa. Many new international hotels and luxury lodges have opened,
while the national parks and game reserves, some under private management are
being returned to their former glory. The major draw for tourist have long been
Mozambique's 2,500 km of white, palm-fringed beaches as well as the Islands of
the Bazaruto Archipelago. The vast coral reefs host a range of unique main life
and offer unbelievable diving and fishing opportunities.
Mozambique's other exotic destinations include the mysterious mountains of Namuli and Unango, the historical settlements of Angoche, the World Heritage Site of Mozambique Island, The magnificent natural harbour of Pemba, and the Quirimbas Archipelago.
Mozambique provides a contrast to other countries in Southern and East Africa, with its rare blend of African, Arab, and Portuguese influences. This mix is noticeable in the Afro-Portuguese cuisine adnd the Latin beat of the music in the clubs and discos.
Mozambique was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. By 1505 the Portuguese had control of all of the former Arab sultanates on the East African coast. From about 1500 Portuguese trading posts and forts became regular ports of call on the new route to the East. Mozambique is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations.
Mozambique covers an area of over 800,00 sq. km, three times the size of
Great Britain. Situated South East of the African continent, it shares borders
with six other countries, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia to the North, Zimbabwe to the
West, South Africa and Swaziland to the South. The coastline is 2,500 km's long
and boasts numerous majestic beaches fringed by lagoons, coral reefs and strings
of small islands.
A vast, low grassland plateau which rises from the coast towards the mountainsin the North and West covers near nearly half the country's land area. The Zambezi river is the largest of the country's 25 rivers. Mozambique is rich in mineral resources such as gold , emeralds, copper, iron ore and bauxite and is currently in oil exporation.
Tropical to sub-tropical with coastal temperatures high for much of the year while the interior is warm to mild, even in the cooler, dry season from April to September. It is usually sunny throughout the year.
Mozambique National HolidaysDates and information for Mozambiques' National Holidays
- 1st January - New Year's Day
- 3rd February - Heroes' Day
- 7th April - Women's Day
- 1St May - Worker's Day
- 25th June - Independence Day
- 7th September - Victory Day
- 25th September - Revolution Day
- 4th October - Day of Peace and Reconciliation
- 25th December - Christmas
Mozambique Coat of arms
The Mozambique Coat Of Arms was adopted in 1990 in the Constitution of Mozambique article 194. It shows a gear wheel, representing labor and industry. This is bordered by corn stalks and sugarcane, The corn stalks and sugarcane represent agricultural wealth. In the middle there is a red sun which symbolizes the building of a new life, over a map of Mozambique in green, and blue waves, an AK-47 which represents defense and vigilance crossed with a hoe which represents peasantry and agriculture production, and a book which represents education. The wreath is tied with a ribbon bearing the name of the Country. And the res star above is for socialism , symbolizes he spirit of international solidarity of the Mozambican people.
The Mozambique flag was adopted on 1st May 1983. It has a image of a AK-47 and is the only flag in the world to show such a modern rifle. The rifle stands for defence and vigilance. The green in the flag stands for the riches of the land, the small white stripes signify peace, the black represents the African continent, the yellow symbolizes the countries minerals, the red represents the struggle for independence. The open book symbolizes the importance of education, the hoe represents the countries agriculture and the star symbolizes Marxism and internationalism.
Mozambique Latest News
[AIM]Maputo -The gang who kidnapped one of Mozambique's richest men, Momade Bachir Sulemane, on 12 November made their first contact with Bachir's family on Tuesday, according to a source close to the investigations cited in Friday's issue of the independent weekly “Savana”.
[AIM]London -Mozambique will begin to produce Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in 2019 according to the London-based analysts Business Monitor International (BMI).
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican and Spanish governments signed in Maputo on Friday a new Partnership Framework Programme under which Spain will provide 46.55 million euros (about 57.8 million US dollars) in aid during the period 2014-2016.
[ISS]Worldwide, the value of organised environmental crime is estimated to be between US$70 and US$213 billion annually. Global development assistance, by comparison, is estimated at US$135 billion per annum.
[AIM]London -The British based mining company Savannah Resources on Friday announced that it has raised 1.3 million pounds (over two million US dollars) to fund its projects which include significant heavy mineral sands zones at its Jangamo deposit in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican justice system has fallen into disrepute “and we should recognise this, because only then will we be able to restore credibility to justice”, warned the chairperson of the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM), Tomas Timbane, on Wednesday.
[SciDev.Net]Mozambique has one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, driven by coal mining and other extractive industries. 
[AIM]Maputo -For Mozambique to become more competitive in international trade, the procedures for the import, export and transit of merchandise must be simplified, according to a study on “Integration of Trade into National Development Policies and Strategies” presented at a meeting of business people, researchers and government representatives in Maputo on Wednesday.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican civil society organisations have urged the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, not to debate laws on privileges for parliamentary deputies and for sitting and former presidents when it holds an extraordinary sitting at the end of this month.
[AIM]Maputo -The Executive Board of the World Bank group has approved a grant from the International Development Association (IDA) of 40 million US dollars to support the Mozambican government's Conservation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police are investigating the use of live ammunition against rioting workers at a tobacco processing factory in the western city of Tete last Friday, according to a report in the Beira daily paper “Diario de Mocambique”.
[AIM]Maputo -The Constitutional Council, Mozambique's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, has thrown out three appeals by the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) against decisions by urban district courts in Maputo, all of which concerned the delays in accrediting its polling station monitors.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's publicly owned electricity company, EDM, has suffered losses of more than 10 million meticais (about 323,000 US dollars) over the past nine months in the central province of Manica because of the theft of cables and metallic parts of pylons.
[AIM]London -The Indian state-owned International Coal Ventures Ltd (ICVL) has announced that the first shipment of coal from its concession in central Mozambique is on its way to India.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday set up a “Peace and National Reconciliation Fund” to provide loans for demobilised soldiers to help guarantee their reinsertion into society,
[AIM]Maputo -After another fruitless round of dialogue between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo on Monday, the country is no nearer to disarming and demobilising the Renamo militia.
[AIM]London -The Australian mining company Auroch Minerals has announced that its Fair Bride deposit in the central Mozambican province of Manica holds almost a million ounces of gold.
[AIM]Maputo -Unidentified assailants on 12 November kidnapped a wealthy Mozambican businessman, Momad Bachir Suleiman, whom the US government accused in 2010 of being a drug baron.
[AIM]Maputo -The CTA is to organize a retreat between Nov.14-15, 2014 in Bilene.
[AIM]Maputo -The CTA received a "Request for Opinion on the proposal for the Regulation of the Mining Law" from the office of Mineral Resources (MIREM) Minister Esperanca Bias.
[AIM]Maputo -On Wednesday Nov. 12, the CTA -- in collaboration with the GIZ (Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit - German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation) welcomed leaders from the Provincial Business Councils (CEPs) from all over the country at Hotel VIP in Maputo for the National Meeting on Reflections on the CEPs.
[AIM]Maputo -The inauguration of the headquarters of the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) took place on Thursday Nov.13 with the attendance of Armando Guebuza, the President of the Republic.
[World Bank]The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA)* grant to support the implementation of the Government of Mozambique's Conservation Areas for Biodiversity and Development Project, known as Mozbio. This program benefits from an additional US$6.3 million grant provided by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
[AIM]Maputo -Acts of extortion by agents of authority at Mozambique's border posts or other public places "are practices which not only disgrace the country but also cause serious losses", declared Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili on 11 November.
[AIM]Maputo -Reyma Ayoob, the 38 year old widow of murdered businessman Momad Khalib Ayoob, has been released by her kidnappers after spending 22 days in captivity, reports Tuesday's issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.
[AIM]The state-owned Mining Exploration Company (EMEM) on 14 November signed an agreement with the Sarla Group of India to resume production of marble at Montepuez in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
[AIM]South African authorities on 31 November seized one of the largest ever haul of rhinoceros horns which were being transported on a plane from Maputo. The final destination of the two smugglers was Vietnam, where rhino horn is peddled as a miracle cure.
[AIM]Maputo -The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union on Monday delivered equipment for the Water and Sanitation Programme (AGUASANI) in the towns of Homoine, Jangamo and Morrumbene, in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 31 October laid the first stone for the construction of the Moamba Major dam on the Incomati River, in Maputo province.
[AIM]Two Chinese companies on 3 November signed a contract with the Mozambican government to exploit the titanium-bearing heavy mineral sands in Chibuto district, in the southern province of Gaza.