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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
[The Herald] Maputo -The Mozambican government yesterday accused the main opposition Renamo of violating a ceasefire deal signed last September by clashing with army in the north-western province of Tete. Agriculture Minister and head of the government delegation to the talks with Renamo, Jose Pacheco, made the statement before the start of a new round of talks between the two sides.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has not yet put forward any proposals on "economic questions" to the dialogue between government and Renamo delegations, even though it was Renamo that placed this item on the agenda over two years ago.
[AIM] Maputo -The governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland on Monday renewed their determination to share experiences and resources in the struggle to eradicate malaria.
[AIM] London -The Irish company Kenmare Resources on Monday announced that exports from its dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, increased by three per cent in the first half of this year, despite problems with power cuts and an unofficial strike.
[AIM] Maputo -A good harvest in 2014 has guaranteed food security this year in the central Mozambican province of Manica, according to the information given by the provincial government to President Filipe Nyusi, currently on a working visit to the province.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the parliamentary group of the former rebel movement Renamo, is trying to prevent its rival, the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), from appointing a member of Council of State, an advisory body to the President of the Republic.
[AIM] Maputo -Farmers in the central Mozambican province of Manica on Sunday asked the government to take measures against the illegal mining which is polluting the rivers in the region.
[Focac] The SADC Committee of Ambassadors in Beijing, the China-Africa Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCOIC), in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat organised and hosted the Southern African Development Community (SADC) SADC Regional Infrastructure Investment Seminar on 9th July 2015 in Beijing China, at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang.
[SAPS] Nelspruit -The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General (Adv) Mark Magadlela commended the collaboration with foreign countries in the fight against crime. The sentiments aired by the Provincial Commissioner came after the recovery of a truck worth R1.7 million was stolen in Germiston and smuggled into Mozambique on 6 May 2015.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Saturday reiterated that President Filipe Nyusi is willing to meet at any moment with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, to discuss the re-establishment of effective peace in the country.
[AIM] Maputo -In the decade between 2003 and 2013 Mozambique lost over 540 million US dollars through the illegal export of wood to China, according to a study by researchers at Maputo's Eduardo Mondlane University.
[AIM] Maputo -The women of Machaze district, in the central Mozambican province of Manica, on Saturday expressed their willingness to work with all others who wish to prevent the eruption of a new armed conflict in the country.
[AIM] Maputo -"We Mozambicans are brothers and not enemies", President Filipe Nyusi declared on Saturday.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday warned that he will never allow the country to be divided.
[Malawi News Agency] Nsanje -Government has hinted that it will not provide land for the reallocation of Mozambican nationals affected by floods early this year, but says such provision would be considered if their lives are at stake.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, is confident that local soft drinks companies will switch from imported sugar to locally milled sugar in the near future, thus helping to guarantee the sustainability of the Mozambican sugar industry.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Friday urged all institutions of higher education to prioritise research and extension.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, on the first day of a working visit to the central province of Manica, inaugurated a new road between the provincial capital, Chimoio, and Espungabera, capital of Mossurize district, on the border with Zimbabwe.
[AIM] Maputo -The trial of prominent academic Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and of Fernando Mbanze, editor of the independent newssheet "Mediafax", on charges of libeling former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, has been postponed from 3 August to 31 August.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican and Swedish governments signed an agreement in Maputo on Friday, under which Sweden pledged direct support to the Mozambican state budget of 300 million Swedish crowns (about 35 million US dollars) for 2016.
[AIM] London -The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended that the world's first vaccine against malaria should be licenced for use in young children in African.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican sugar producers on Thursday warned the Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, that the domestic market is being swamped by cheap, imported sugar, threatening the continued existence of the Mozambican industry.
[AIM] Maputo -Opposition deputies in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Thursday continued to attack the government decision to guarantee the 850 million dollar loan taken by the Mozambique Tuna Company (EMATUM) on the Euroband market in 2013.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Thursday categorically denied that any Mozambicans would lose land because of the Pro-Savana agricultural development programme under way in the north of the country.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Thursday pledged that the government will continue to improve the wages of state employees, as economic conditions allow.
[AIM] Maputo -Judging from its performance in the first few months of the year, the Mozambican economy is set to meet the targets laid down by the government in the Economic and Social Plan for 2015, according to Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario.
[AIM] Maputo -A criminal gang men raided an office of the Mozambican electricity company, EDM, in the central district of Manica, in the small hours of Monday morning, and brutally murdered a security guard, according to a report on the independent television station STV.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government is making every effort to ensure that essential medicines reach all health units in the country, Health Minister Nazira Abdula told the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
[AIM] Paris -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday defended the creation of the Mozambican Tuna Company (EMATUM), but insisted that it must run at a profit.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Tuna Company (EMATUM) will become "an economically viable and profitable enterprise which will benefit the Mozambican economy", predicted the Minister for the Sea, Inland Water and Fisheries, Agostinho Mondlane, on Wednesday.