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 Political Commission of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party on Wednesday condemned “the barbaric and cowardly assassination” of constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac, but also rejected the claims in some of the media that Frelimo was behind the killing.
[IPS] New York -As billions pour into Mozambique from foreign investors scooping up fields of coal and natural gas, the signs of newfound wealth are impossible to miss.
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -The World Health Organization (WHO) has intensified country support to prevent the spread of cholera from reaching internally displaced persons (IDP) camps along the borders of Malawi and Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, has promised to include the northernmost province of Niassa as one of the regions for which he will demand "autonomy" - even if that means resorting to war.
[AIM] Maputo -The Cape Town based African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL) has strongly condemned the murder yesterday in central Maputo of one of Mozambique's senior experts in constitutional law, Gilles Cistac.
[AIM] Maputo -Negotiations over the mass redundancies announced last month by the Irish company Kenmare Resources, which exploits the heavy mineral sands at Topuito, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, have saved the jobs of 214 workers.
[AIM] Maputo -Unidentified gunmen attacked and injured a businessman of Asian origin, on Wednesday morning in the central Mozambican city of Beira, according to a report in the independent newsheet “Mediafax”.
[AIM] Maputo -China has donated materials to the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) including vehicles for the Peace Support Unit and equipment for the military band.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday downgraded the state of alert from red to orange, following a general improvement in the weather and the retreat of flood waters in the central and northern provinces.
[AIM] Maputo -Hundreds of people gathered on Tuesday night to pay homage to murdered constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac at the spot where he had been gunned down by unknown assailants a few hours earlier.
[AIM] Maputo -The dialogue between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo ground to a halt again on Monday, when Renamo threw in a new demand.
[AIM] Maputo -One of Mozambique's most prominent constitutional lawyers, Gilles Cistac, shot by unknown assailants in central Maputo on Tuesday morning, died of his wounds in Maputo Central Hospital at about 13.20.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged the country's judiciary to “purify your ranks, because in your midst there are people who are staining your seriousness and dignity”.
[Mozambique News Reports & Clippings] Prominent constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac was assassinated this morning at a cafe in central Maputo.
[Deutsche Welle] Gilles Cistac has been gunned down in cold blood on the streets of Maputo, police said. An influential lawyer and academic, he was involved in the debate on the decentralization of power in Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police is “one of the weakest links in our State”, the chairperson of the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM), Tomas Timbana, accused on Monday.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Monday boycotted the inauguration of the Peace and National Reconciliation Fund, set up as a result of the 5 September agreement on a cessation of military hostilities signed by the then President, Armando Guebuza, and the Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama.
[AIM] Maputo -Unknown gunmen on Tuesday morning attempted to assassinate prominent Mozambican academic and expert in constitutional law, Gilles Cistac, in broad daylight in a central Maputo thoroughfare.
[SANF] Southern Africa and its energy sector cooperating partners are meeting in Botswana in late February to discuss ways of improving a coordinated approach to addressing the energy situation in the region.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has once again threatened to overthrow the government if the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, does not approve the Renamo bill to establish “autonomous provinces”.
[AIM] Maputo -The Ministry of Industry and Trade has guaranteed a total openness and interest in working seamlessly with the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) to find solutions to achieve government objectives, such as developing industry and adding value to domestic products.
[AIM] Maputo -The cholera outbreaks in central and northern Mozambique, which began in late December, have now claimed 41 lives, according to the deputy national director of public health, Quinhas Fernandes.
[AIM] Maputo -The Indian mining company Jindal intends to remain in Mozambique, despite the current losses made in its coal mining operations in the western province of Tete.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government has postponed implementation of measures that would ban cash payments for all the services provided by registry and notary services.
[AIM] Maputo -The Confederation of Business Associations (CTA) has announced that as part of the dialogue with the government and under the social cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MTESS), all fines related to labour offenses applying to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are to be waived.
[SPS] Maputo (Mozambique) February 28, 2015 (SPS) - The Secretary General of Mozambican FRELIMO Party Mr. Eliseu Machava reaffirmed that the State Mozambique under the leadership of his party will continue to support the rights of the Sahrawi people to self-determination for freedom and independence.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday appointed senior journalist Tomas Vieira Mario as chairperson of the Higher Mass Media Council (CSCS), the press freedom watchdog body established under the Constitution.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police have arrested a Malawian citizen in the northern city of Nampula, believed to be part of an organised criminal network trafficking in human beings.
[New Times] Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza netted a superb volley in the 82nd minute to guide APR to a 2-1 victory over Mozambican champions Liga Desportiva de Maputo yesterday in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League at the Amahoro Stadium.
[AIM] Maputo -Prominent Mozambican academic and expert in constitutional law, Gilles Cistac, is attempting to sue a man using the pseudonym “Calado Calachnikov” who has libeled him on social media.