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 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.
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Afonso Dhlakama believes he won the election last Wednesday and is telling diplomats he wants a national unity government. He is calling for negotiations to lead to a unity government which would then totally restructure the state apparatus and security forces to remove Frelimo influence. There would then be new elections in two years.
[UN News]United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Mozambique for the "calm atmosphere" which prevailed during the presidential, legislative and provincial elections held in the souther Afircan country on 15 October 2014.
[AIM]Maputo -The western Mozambican city of Tete appeared to have an impossibly high number of polling station results sheets at the city-wide count on Sunday, because the City Elections Commission had been following the wrong procedure, the general director of the Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE), Felisberto Naife, told AIM on Monday.
[AIM]Maputo -Although the count of votes at polling stations generally took place under good conditions in the Mozambican general elections held last Wednesday, in some areas the “desired pattern of transparency and credibility” was called into doubt, according to the Mozambican Bar Association (OAM).
[AIM]Maputo -The tabulation of votes cast in last Wednesday's general elections has stopped in the western Mozambican city of Tete, because the Tete City Elections Commission has received an impossibly high number of results sheets.
[African Union]The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulates the governments and peoples of Sao Tome and Principe, and Mozambique for successfully holding peaceful elections on 12 October 2014 and 15 October 2014 respectively.
[Verdade]We hope the more than 10 million of Mozambican voters to go to vote, as we did on Wednesday (15), despite the lack of transparency with which this whole process is flawed since... ever.
[AIM]Maputo -The Maputo City Elections Commission on Monday announced the results in the capital of the general elections held on Wednesday, showing a convincing win for the ruling Frelimo Party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi.
[AEP]United Nations has praised the people of Mozambique for the "calm atmosphere" they maintained during their 15 October presidential, legislative and provincial elections.
[Times of Zambia]THE Zambia Volleyball Association (ZAVA) will send three clubs to the 2014 Zone Six Club Championships slated for Mozambique in December.
[AIM]Maputo -The project to modernise the logistics of the Maputo Corridor should cost approximately $2.2 billion -- the amount to be injected by the public enterprise Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM) in partnership with the private concessionaire of the Port of Maputo (MPDC).
[AIM]Maputo -The government of Mozambique has received credit from the International Development Association (IDA) for its Maputo Municipal Development Phase II (PROMAPUTO II) programme and intends to spend part of this fund on payments to whoever wins the government's support after expressing interest.
[PR Newswire]Brussels -"We welcome the generally peaceful conduct of presidential, legislative and provincial elections on 15 October in Mozambique. We would like to commend the voters and the political forces of Mozambique for their active participation in these elections and the National Electoral Commission (CNE) for having organised them effectively and simultaneously. We also recognise the efforts of the many civil society organisations to promote transparency during the elections.
[AIM]London -The Italian energy company ENI has announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with the Korean company Kogas to facilitate the development of Area Four of the Rovuma Basin, off the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
[Guardian]THE Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Dlamini Zuma, has congratulated the governments and peoples of Sao Tome and Principe and Mozambique for successfully holding peaceful elections.
[Dalsan Radio]The Somali Interior Minister Hon. Abdullahi Goodax Barre and his delegation were invited to be part of the observers of Mozambique elections which started on 15th October.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, the leader and presidential candidate of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, has dismissed last Wednesday's general elections as “a puppet show” and has called for negotiations with the government.
[AEP]The National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Mozambique says they will soon declare provisional results from Wednesday's presidential, parliamentary and provincial assemblies' elections after a generally peaceful election.
[AIM]Maputo -The destruction of polling stations and other election materials on Wednesday, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, was on a larger scale than initially believed, according to a report in Saturday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
[AIM]Maputo -Wednesday's general elections in Mozambique “were generally peaceful and in conformity with the laws of Mozambique and international, continental and sub-regional standards”, according to the preliminary statement on the elections issued by the observer group from EISA (Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa).
[Deutsche Welle]Early projections point to a victory for Mozambique's ruling FRELIMO party. The main opposition party, RENAMO, did surprisingly well despite having resorted to violence. That is an ominous sign, says DW's Johannes Beck.
[AIM]Maputo -At an agonizingly slow pace, Mozambique's Electoral Administration Technical Secretariat (STAE) is continuing to process the polling station results sheets from Wednesday's general elections.
[Carter Center]The Carter Center and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) deployed a team of 87 observers representing 40 countries to observe Mozambique's Oct. 15, 2014, presidential, national assembly, and provincial elections at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
[AIM]Maputo -Daviz Simango, the leader and presidential candidate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) has demanded a full investigation into frauds and irregularities that marred Wednesday's general elections, but has stopped short of saying that he will not accept the results.
[AIM]Maputo -The Election Observation Mission from the European Union has described the voting in the Mozambican general elections held on Wednesday as “orderly”, but condemned the election campaign period as “unbalanced”.
[AIM]Nampula -The latest provisional results from Wednesday's general elections in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, the largest of the eleven provincial constituencies, shows that the presidential candidates of the ruling Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi, and of the former rebel movement Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, are neck and neck.
[AIM]Chimoio -Both the electoral bodies and the police in the central Mozambican province of Manica say that Wednesday's general elections in this part of the county passed off calmly with no violence.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has rejected the results of Wednesday's general elections, on the grounds that “serious irregularities” took place.
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Preliminary numbers and projections indicate the Frelimo will win a landslide victory, and that the turnout will be over 50%, compared to 45% in 2009.