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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 History

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 Geography

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.

Mozambique Climate

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 Holidays

Dates 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
More Information on Mozambique

Mozambique Coat of arms

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.

Mozambique Flag

Mozambique Flag

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

Electoral Body Split Over Polls Result
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]The National Elections Commission (CNE) approved the results of the 15 October election giving victory to Filipe Nyusi as president with 57% of the vote and Frelimo with 144 of 250 seats in parliament.
India Approves MoU With Mozambique On Oil and Gas
[AIM]Maputo -The Indian government on Wednesday gave its approval for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mozambique for cooperation in the oil and gas sector.
300 Places for Renamo in Army and Police
[AIM]The Mozambican government on 27 October declared that it is prepared to incorporate into the armed forces and police 300 men from Renamo's militia.
Institute Launches Platform to Support SMEs
[AIM]Maputo -The Institute for the Promotion of Small and Medium Enterprises (IPEME) is implementing several changes to support the promotion and strengthening of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through support services.
MDM Calls for Annulment of Elections
[AIM]Maputo -Daviz Simango, the mayor of Beira and presidential candidate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), on Thursday demanded that the general elections held a fortnight ago should be annulled.
CNE Will Not Order New Elections in Tsangano
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) has no intention of re-running the 15 October general election in parts of the western district of Tsangano affected by serious rioting on polling day.
National Karate Team To Miss World Champs
[Verdade]The national karate selection, in Karate Do specialty, will not participate in the World Championship, that will be disputed in November in Germany, because the Government doesn't offers 400 thousand meticais (around 13.300 US dolars). In July, the Mozambican Karateka won seven medals at the World Championships held in South Africa, where they participate paying their expenses themselves.
Frelimo Wins General Election
[AIM]Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) on 30 October announced that former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party, has won the presidential election held on 15 October with 57% of the vote.
BCI and the Medical Association Arrive At Agreement
[AIM]Maputo -The Banco Comercial e de Investimentos (BCI) and the Medical Association of Mozambique (OrMM) arrived at a memorandum of agreement on Oct. 20 which formalizes the granting of special conditions, financial services and products to this entity and its members.
Agreement On Fight Against Wildlife Crime
[AIM]The Mozambican government on 29 October in Maputo signed an agreement with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Peace Parks Foundation to fight wildlife crime.
Over 50,000 Opposition Monitors Observed Polling Stations
[AIM]Over 50,000 monitors from opposition parties observed the voting and count at the 17,010 polling stations in Mozambique's general elections held on 15 October.
CNE Confirms Frelimo Victory
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) on Thursday announced that former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party, has won the presidential election held on 15 October with 57 per cent of the vote.
District Court Wants Fresh Elections in Tsangano
[AIM]Maputo -The court in Tsangano district in the western province of Tete has effectively called for a rerun of the 15 October general elections in those parts of the district where mobs of supporters of the former rebel movement Renamo destroyed polling stations.
Largest Known Graphite Vanadium Deposit
[AIM]The Australian company Triton Minerals announced on 21 October that drilling and testing at its Balama North graphite project in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado has defined the world's largest known deposit of graphite and vanadium.
Public-Private Partnerships for Competitiveness
[AIM]Maputo -The Business Confederation of PALOPs (Portuguese-speaking countries) is taking place between Oct. 29-30 in partnership with the government of Guinea-Bissau and with the support of the Business Confederation of the CPLP (the confederation of Portuguese speaking countries), the CCIAS GB and other Guinean business associations.
Cta Launches Consultation Process On Companies Performance
[AIM]Maputo -The Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) has initiated a consultation process in the form of a business survey concerning the performance of companies in 2013 to 2014 and their outlook for 2015. The results of this process are intended to inform the CTA about what to consider while negotiating the national minimum wage. The questionnaire can be viewed at:
Electricidade De Moçambique Invites Expressions of Interest
[AIM]Maputo -Electricidade de Moçambique, E.P. (EDM) hereinafter referred to as "the Project Executing Agency" has requested (or applied for) a loan/grant from the German Development Bank (KfW) towards the cost of the Preparation and Implementation Supervision of Beluluane 275kV Transmission Project and associated measures within the Power network modernization programme. This international invitation for Pre-qualification relates to Consulting Services for Preparation and Implementation Supervision of Beluluane
Government Launches Tender for Provision of Areas for Exploration and Production of Oil
[AIM]Maputo -On Oct. 23, the government of Mozambique launched a tender constituting the fifth concession of areas for exploration and production of oil in the marine part of the Rovuma Basin, Angoche, Delta of Zambézia, around the concession of Pande-Temane and Palmeira in the Mozambique Basin. The tender was launched in Maputo and London.
MOU Between India and Mozambique
[AIM]Maputo -The Indian government on Wednesday gave its approval for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Mozambique for cooperation in the oil and gas sector.
Vast Fraud Alleged - but Where's the Evidence?
[AIM]Maputo -Disappearance of results sheets, polling stations that never opened, alleged detentions or expulsions of opposition polling station monitors, deliberate annulment of opposition votes - these are some of the reasons given by the former rebel movement Renamo for not recognizing the results of the 15 October general elections, but without offering evidence for any of them.
U.S., UK Observers' Absence Delays Start of Mozambican Opposition Demilitarization
[Verdade]The International Observer Military Team for the Cessation of Military Hostilities (EMOCHM), formalized 27 days ago, remains incomplete. The two US and two British military observers have not yet arrived and this is delaying the start of the mission that should have started on 11 October and should end with the demilitarization of the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo).
Expect Conflict When Leasing Inhabited Land to Business - Report
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -Conflict over land is inevitable in countries like Indonesia, Brazil and Peru where indigenous people and local communities live on tens of thousands of mining, oil and gas, logging and farming concessions, a report said on Thursday.
Former Rebels Claim Poll Victory
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has claimed victory in the general elections held on 15 October, alleging that the results released by the provincial elections commissions are "adulterated" and do not reflect what really occurred at the polling stations.
Mozambique Champions African Sailing Tournament - Again!
[Verdade]Mozambican sailing team, composed of athletes Adolfo Novela, Neidy Nhaquile, Diogo Sanchez, Jeremias Mazoio and Robin Pefter, were crowned African sailing champions during a competition held in the Moroccan city of Agadir between 10th and 17th of October. These results have boosted Mozambique from second into first place in the African rankings.
Govt Has 300 Vacancies to Integrate Unknown Number of Renamo Party Men in the Police, Army
[Verdade]José Pacheco, head of the delegation of the Mozambican Government in political dialogue with the Renamo party, revealed this Monday (27) that there are 300 places for integration of an equal number of men of Afonso Dhlakama's party in the ranks of the Mozambican police and in the army.
New Agreement On Fight Against Wildlife Crime
[AIM]London -The Mozambican government on Wednesday in Maputo signed an agreement with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Peace Parks Foundation to fight wildlife crime.
Carter Centre Criticises "Disorderly" Vote Tabulation
[AIM]Maputo -The election observation mission from the US-based Carter Centre has criticized the tabulation of votes from Mozambique's 15 October general elections as "a process that lacked clear and consistent procedures, was disorderly and in some cases lacked the transparency needed to ensure confidence".
Senior Journalists Receive Death Threats
[AIM]Maputo -The director of AIM, Gustavo Mavie, and senior Radio Mozambique journalist Emilio Manhique have received anonymous death threats sent by mobile phone text message.
Rail Traffic Resumes On Maputo-South Africa Line
[AIM]Maputo -Trains began moving again along the railway from Maputo to South Africa on Tuesday morning, after a four day interruption caused by a major rail accident at Tenga, about 50 kilometres north of the capital.
Agreement Signed With French Institute in Marine Sciences
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) and the French Marine Exploration Research Institute (IFREMER) on Wednesday signed an agreement in Maputo on research in marine sciences.
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