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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
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican journalist Paulo Machava, the editor of the daily electronic newssheet "Diario de Noticias", was shot dead by unknown assailants on Friday morning in central Maputo, on the corner of Vladimir Lenin and Agostinho Neto Avenues.
[IFJ] The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today condemned the killing of Paulo Machava, a senior Mozambican journalist who was shot dead this morning in the capital Maputo by unknown gunmen.
[CPJ] New York -An unidentified gunman shot dead a Mozambican journalist who was out jogging in the capital city of Maputo early today, according to news reports. Paulo Machava was the publisher of the news website Diario de Noticias and had worked with Rádio Moçambique and the weekly Savana, according to reports. Machava was also involved in a campaign supporting an economist and two reporters who are being tried for defamation, the state news agency said. The economist had criticized former President Arman
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Thursday his desire to to see Mozambican agriculture making a greater contribution to the country' gross domestic product (GDP), something that he thought would only be possible through better collaboration from the private sector.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Mozambican rebel movement Renamo, on Thursday categorically rejected the invitation issued earlier this week by President Filipe Nyusi for a face-to-face meeting in Maputo.
[The Herald] Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi yesterday officially opened the 105th Harare Agricultural Show and called for greater cooperation in the area of agriculture between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. President Nyusi, who arrived in the country yesterday morning was accompanied by President Mugabe as they toured several stands that exhibited livestock, dairy products, fruits and vegetables as well as seed production.
[RSF] Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to learn that Paulo Machava, the well-known editor of the online Diario de Noticias newspaper, was gunned down on a Maputo street today against a backdrop of tension for media personnel in Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario has given the new chairpersons of the publicly owned electricity company (EDM) and of the Mozambican Post Office three months to present development strategies for these two enterprises.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the rebel movement Renamo, on Friday made clear that it has no interest at all in a meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
[AIM] Maputo -Several of the accused in a major fraud trial in Maputo on Wednesday pleaded ignorance - they said they did not know that the large sums of money appearing in their bank accounts had been stolen from the Ministry of Education.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican road transport have expressed outrage at the government's latest attempt to enforce basic road safety by ordering that all trucks and buses be fitted with a tachograph.
[AIM] Maputo -The CTA has announced that within the framework of existing economic cooperation between Mozambique and India, Kalash, -- an Indian company specializing in exporting agricultural products, jewellery, personal care products, tiles and clothes wants to invest and establish business partnerships with Mozambican entrepreneurs.
[AIM] Maputo -CTA invited to participate in Foodex Japan 2016 The CTA has been invited to participate in Foodex Japan 2016 -- the 41st edition of the fair of food and drinks, to be held in Chiba, Japan from March 8-11, 2016.
[AIM] Maputo -With the support of the Fund for the Business Environment (FAN), the CTA is developing a training program to in the field of local content, which will consist of one-day seminars on local content and the prerequisites to be met by companies to provide services to the government, multinationals, mining projects, gas, agriculture and tourism. These seminars will be supplemented by a three-day course on ISO certification, the environment and health and safety at work.
[AIM] Maputo -The US energy company Anadarko Petroleum has obtained almost all the agreements from potential buyers it needs to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) factory in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, according to a report carried by the Bloomberg agency.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy has warned the public against fraudulent public tenders announced in social media.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's First Lady, Isaura Nyusi, on Wednesday urged young Mozambicans, particularly girls, not to take hasty decisions that could compromise their future.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government has abandoned its attempts to compel mobile phone companies to register all their clients.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, on Saturday announced he was suspending the long-running dialogue between his party and the government.
[This Day] Nigeria men's basketball team, D'Tigers, yesterday defeated Mozambique 83-47 to qualify to meet Gabon in the quarter-finals of the ongoing FIBA-Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia.
[AIM] Maputo -About 30 per cent of Mozambican teachers lack any professional training, according to the Minister of Education, Jorge Ferrao.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's National Union of Journalists (SNJ) has demanded that the libel case against economist Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and journalists Fernando Mbanze and Fernando Veloso be dropped.
[AIM] Maputo -A major corruption trial began in Maputo on Tuesday, in which 11 people are accused of stealing over 33.1 million meticais (about 838,000 US dollars at current exchange rates, but worth much more at the time the crimes were committed) from the Ministry of Education between 2009 and 2012.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi specified on Tuesday that at his proposed meeting with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, he wants to discuss implementation of the agreement on a cessation of military hostilities signed on 5 September last year.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has kept his word, given at a religious service on Sunday, and has invited Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, for a face-to-face meeting in Maputo,
[New Zimbabwe] A Mozambican national resident in the area was last week slapped with a mandatory 9 years imprisonment for possessing a pangolin, one of the endangered wildlife species in Zimbabwe.
[AIM] Maputo -The Manica provincial government, in central Mozambique, has set December as the deadline for ending the pollution of the rivers in the province by artisanal gold mining, reports Tuesday's issue of the Beira daily paper "Diario de Mocambique".
[AIM] Maputo -Despite being entirely landlocked, and possessing no navigable rivers, Swaziland wants to build a port.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government has identified 24 "development hubs" where Special Economic Zones for agro-business can be established, according to Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, cited in Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Health Ministry on Monday issued a new list of essential medicines, which eliminates the import of over 90 types of drugs.