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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 -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, has once again threatened to "govern by force", if the government does not submit to his demands.
[AIM] Maputo -A group of 21 people claiming to be members of the former rebel movement Renamo, in the northern Mozambican city of Pemba, have accused the Renamo Cabo Delgado interim provincial delegate, Tome Fernando, of theft, negligence and nepotism,.
[Seychelles News Agency] Victoria, Seychelles -Seychelles will not be going through to the next qualifying round of the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after losing for the second time in two weeks against Mozambique in the first qualifiers.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday visited the African Century-Matama Agro-Industrial Complex (AC-Matama) on the outskirts of Lichinga, capital of the northern province of Niassa.
[DA] The DA is disappointed that Mozambique burned rhino horn without sending DNA samples to SA.
[AIM] Maputo -Integrated and coordinated flood management through developing and harmonising laws, policies, strategies and funding is among the measures suggested by the Mozambican Ministry of Public Works to ensure that infrastructures are resilient to disasters.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Sunday inaugurated a new fisheries inspection vessel, baptized the "Ngolokolo", on Lake Niassa.
[News24Wire] Mozambique is on a strong growth path helped by robust investments, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday.
[Concord] As the long-awaited protocols to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the rights of women in Africa, known as the Maputo Protocols, were yesterday ratified by Parliament, Minority Leader of the House cautioned cabinet ministers for signing agreements on behalf of Sierra Leoneans without the consent of MPs.
[AIM] Maputo -On the first day of a working visit to the northernmost province of Niassa, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi was faced with complaints about the poor state of roads in the province.
[The Herald] Police in Harare and Mutare have arrested 20 foreign students for illegally staying and studying in the country.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced on Sunday in the town of Metangula, in the northern province of Niassa, that work on a bridge across the Lunho river will begin next year.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican gay community has declared its wish for Mozambique "to become a world reference in defence of the fundamental rights and freedoms of each and every one of us".
[AIM] Maputo -Marta Andre Bocota, the mother of former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, died on Friday night, at the age of 103.
[Malawi24] A baby is among 15 Malawians who have sustained serious injuries after the Munorurama coach they were travelling in from South Africa to Malawi overturned in Mozambique.
[Times of Zambia] ZAMBIA and Mozambique have continued to share warm and cordial relations for many years now.
[IMF] The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the fourth review of Mozambique's economic performance under the program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI).1 In completing the review, the Board also approved the modification of three assessment criteria and one indicative target for June 2015 in line with the updated economic outlook for Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Interior Minister, Jaime Monteiro, has guaranteed that the police are continuing to work to identify and arrest the murderers of constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo on Thursday pledged continued government support for the Mambadine Agricultural and Livestock Association, in the southern province of Inhambane, which was set up by former miners and the widows of Mozambican miners who died in the South African gold and platinum mines.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican and German governments signed three agreements in Maputo on Friday, under which Germany will donate 128 million euros (about 142 million US dollars) for various development projects.
[AIM] London -The Irish company Kenmare Resources on Friday announced that its dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, is working normally after the end of an unofficial strike.
[AIM] Maputo -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for "stronger controls" over Mozambican state owned companies, but continues to regard the countries high growth rate and low inflation as "commendable".
[AIM] Maputo -Plumes of black smoke soared into the sky above Maputo on Thursday, when an unfinished hotel, being built close to the coast road, caught fire.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Labour Minister Vitoria Diogo said on Wednesday that the distribution of wealth should be reflected in job creation.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police on Wednesday arrested two young men in the western city of Tete accused of attempting to kidnap a 14 year old boy,
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Pedro Couto, on Thursday declared that increasing access to electricity is a fundamental priority for the government - but the electricity must still be paid for.
[AIM] The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on 17 June announced that US$374 million will be disbursed to fight these diseases in Mozambique. The Global Fund, the Ministry of Health, the US-based charity World Vision, and one of Mozambique's main NGOs, the Community Development Foundation (FDC) all signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of this grant.
[AIM] Maputo -The final death toll from the storms and floods that hit Mozambique in the 2014-15 rainy season was 163, according to the Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua.
[AIM] Nauela -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday called on political and government leaders to think of the people in their work and not just of a group of individuals - only then would leaders give real meaning to democracy.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday launched a government drive to update the lists of state employees, and eliminate any "ghost workers".