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
[SANF]The leading candidate to be the next President of Mozambique comes from the northernmost province as the country begins to shift focus to the resource-rich north, and back to its roots.
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Reports of impossibly high turnouts are providing more evidence of ballot box stuffing. Turnouts of more than 80% of registered voters are highly unlikely in Mozambique, especially in rural areas where people have to walk long distances. It is much more likely that there has been ballot box stuffing, either putting unused ballot papers into the ballot box, or simply changing the results sheet (edital) at the end of the day.
[AIM]Maputo -Lucas Zabica, a member of the elections commission in the central province of Sofala, appointed by the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), was arrested in Beira on Thursday, and faces charges of electoral fraud.
[UNFPA]Mocimboa DA Praia, Mozambique -Josefina, a 12-year-old girl living in Mozambique, wanted to leave school behind and become a mother. This was until a community-based activist introduced her to the risks that she faced if she acted on her decision.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Angolan Defence minister, João Lourenço, last Thursday in Luanda deemed excellent the co-operation relations between Angola and Mozambique in the domain of defence and security.
[AIM]Maputo -The official of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) arrested on Wednesday for attempted electoral fraud, was released after spending four hours in a Beira police station, according to a Thursday report on the independent television station STV.
[AIM]London -The Mozambican government, through its National Petroleum Institute (INP), on Thursday launched the fifth licencing round for exploration and production of hydrocarbons in fifteen blocks.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government, through the National Petroleum Institute (INP), on Thursday launched its fifth tender for hydrocarbon prospection blocks.
[AIM]Maputo -The leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, has won last week's presidential election in the western Mozambican province of Tete - but the ruling Frelimo Party won the parliamentary election.
[AIM]Maputo -Despite lengthy prison sentences imposed on kidnappers by Mozambican courts over the past, kidnap gangs are continuing to strike in Maputo.
[AIM]Maputo -The ruling Frelimo Party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi, won overwhelming victories in last week's general elections in the southern province of Inhambane, traditionally regarded as a Frelimo stronghold.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, has won last week's presidential elections, in the largest of the provincial constituencies, Nampula, but the ruling Frelimo Party won the Nampula parliamentary election.
[Verdade]Men belonging to the Renamo party, in unspecified number remain held in the provinces of Sofala, Manica and Nampula because they have not yet been covered by the Amnesty law approved last August by the Assembly of the Republic (AR) under the crimes committed against people and property, in the course of politico-military tension that lasted almost two years in Mozambique. Meanwhile continues postponed the start of proceedings of demilitarization of the largest opposition party in Mozambique.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party and its presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi have won last week's general elections in the northernmost province of Niassa, but with much reduced majorities and on a low turnout.
[African Arguments]On the 15th of October, 2014, Mozambique held its fifth multiparty general election. Despite Renamo's almost ritualistic accusation of fraud (not that fraud did not happen, but it would probably not change the outcome of the election) Frelimo once again appears to be heading towards a comfortable win, if not as overwhelming as the previous victory.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, won last week's Mozambican presidential election in the central province of Manica, but the ruling Frelimo Party won the parliamentary election.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) wants to clear up all doubts about possible fraud and irregularities in last week's general elections before it issues definitive results.
[AIM]Maputo -The ruling Frelimo Party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi, have won last week's Mozambican general elections in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, according to the results declared by the Provincial Elections Commission.
[AIM]Maputo -The former rebel movement Renamo, and is leader, Afonso Dhlakama, won the 15 October general elections in the central Mozambican cities of Beira and Chimoio, according to the results published by the city elections commissions.
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]The European Union Election Observation "Mission expresses its concerns with the delays in the tabulation of results at district and provincial levels in some provinces, and considers that such mishaps in the tabulation process, added to the absence of official public explanations about these difficulties, hinders what has been an orderly start on election day," the mission said in a statement issued this evening (Tuesday).
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has protested against the results of last week's general elections in the central city of Quelimane, capital of Zambezia province, as announced by the Quelimane City Elections Commission
[ISS]In 2009, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) recorded its worst ever showing in an election. Its candidate, rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama, was trying so hard to play the respectable politician, yet he received only 650 679 votes (16,41% of the total). This was, astoundingly, over 300 000 votes fewer than he had garnered in the 2004 poll.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police have dismantled a clandestine drugs factory in the southern city of Matola, and arrested the man believed to be its owner.
[AIM]Maputo -The parallel count of the votes in last Wednesday's Mozambican general elections still gives the ruling Frelimo Party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi, a substantial victory - but their lead over their main rivals, the former rebel movement Renamo, and its candidate, Afonso Dhlakama, has shrunk somewhat.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The National Defence minister, João Gonçalves Lourenço, on Wednesday morning left the country for Maputo, Mozambique, for a 24-hour work visit to that African country located in the southern coast of the Indian Ocean.
[AIM]Maputo -An election official has been caught in the central Mozambican city of Beira trying to replace genuine results sheets from last Wednesday's general elections with forged ones.
[AIM]Maputo -The former rebel movement Renamo has won last Wednesday's general elections in the central city of Quelimane.
[AIM]Maputo -International military observers will travel from Maputo to the provinces as from 29 October to monitor the agreement on the cessation of hostilities between the Mozambican government and Renamo, according to Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, who heads the government side in the long-running government-Renamo dialogue.
[Daily Maverick]Although final results are still to be released, it's already clear that Mozambique's ruling party has clung onto power by a comfortable margin. Perhaps too comfortable - both major opposition parties are contesting the results, alleging widespread irregularities. Even so, Frelimo has not had it all its own way. A precipitous drop in support means the party has lost that precious two-thirds majority in parliament, and might just have to compromise every now and then.
[AIM]Maputo -The European Union Election Observation Mission in Mozambique has expressed concern at the delays in tabulating the results from the general elections held last Wednesday,