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, on Saturday issued an ultimatum to the ruling Frelimo Party - either it changed its mind on the Renamo bill establishing "provincial municipalities", or there would be unspecified consequences.
[Daily Maverick] We know that the recent xenophobic violence has battered South Africa's reputation on the continent. But what exactly are other Africans hearing? JUSTIN PEARCE reports on how Mozambique is interpreting the xenophobia, and laments both country's simplistic, stereotypical perceptions of each other....
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, in his first reaction to Thursday's defeat of the Renamo bill on provincial autonomy, has pledged that he will not resort to force to reverse the parliamentary verdict.
[AIM] Maputo -The decision by the National Social Security Institute (INSS) to pardon companies who have failed to pay social security contributions will benefit more than 117,000 workers, according to Alexandre Munguambe, general secretary of Mozambique's main trade union federation, the OTM.
[AIM] Maputo -Mediation by the Labour Ministry has brought to an end a strike by workers at the Condor Caju cashew processing factory at Anchilo, on the outskirts of the northern Mozambican city of Nampula.
[AIM] Maputo -The World Bank Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a loan of 45 million US dollars to support the Mozambican government's projects in higher education, science and technology.
[AIM] Harare -The wave of xenophobic attacks against foreign residents in South Africa is not on the official agenda for the extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of SADC (Southern African Development Community) due to start in Harare on Wednesday.
[AIM] London -Mozambique is to receive a grant of 740,000 US dollars to pay for technical assistance to develop a feed-in tariff system for small and medium sized renewable energy projects.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Thursday rejected the bill submitted by the former rebel movement Renamo, that aimed to set up "provincial municipalities", and ensure Renamo control over much of central and northern Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -The number of cases of malaria in Mozambique, and of deaths from the disease, worsened substantially in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health, cited in the independent daily "O Pais".
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government is boycotting South Africa's major tourism fair, Indaba 2015, in protest against the wave of attacks against foreigners resident in South Africa.
[World Bank] Washington -The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional financing in the amount of US$45 million to support the implementation of the Government of Mozambique's Higher Education, Sciences and Technology project.
[AIM] Maputo -The exchange rate of Mozambican currency, the metical, showed signs of stabilizing in April, after three months of sharp depreciation against the US dollar, according to the spokesperson for the Bank of Mozambique, Waldemar de Sousa.
[AIM] Maputo -Workers on the bridge over Maputo Bay, who went on strike on Monday, have won their main demand, for work contracts for an indeterminate period, rather than precarious contracts for only two months which led the workers to fear that they might be fired at any moment,
[Namibian] THE unidentified remains of those killed when a Mozambican plane crashed in northern Namibia in November 2013, were buried at the Gammams Cemetery in Pionierspark yesterday morning.
[UNFPA] Cabo Delgado, Mozambique -It was a hot day in Mozambique's Chiúre District, and 23-year-old Constangelina Basílio, brought her young son, Magalhães, into the shade of a tree before telling her story. "We have a special bond," she said, holding him close, "because we are survivors."
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday again condemned the wave of violent attacks against foreign citizens in South Africa.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican workers employed by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), which is building the bridge across Maputo Bay, from the centre of the city to the district of Katembe, went on strike for several hours on Monday, in protest against low wages and precarious contracts.
[AIM] London -The Irish company Kenmare Resources on Tuesday announced the return of South African workers to its dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Tuesday passed the second and final reading of the state budget for 2015, and also approved the government's economic and social plan for the year.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Tuesday claimed that the state budget for 2015 is dominated by expenditure on defence and security and on the President's office.
[RFI] South Africa looks to Nepal as the authorities there struggle to reach some of the areas worst hit by last weekend's earthquake, violent clashes continue in Burundi, Sudan votes massively for its old president and Uganda denies invading the DRC.
[AIM] Maputo -Momade Assife Abdul Satar ("Nini"), one of the businessmen who ordered the November 2000 murder of Mozambique's top investigative journalist, Carlos Cardoso, was not only released early from prison, but has been allowed to leave the country repeatedly, most recently to visit India.
[AIM] Maputo -The China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), the contractor for building the first phase of the Hydrocarbon Integrated Logistics Base, in the northern Mozambican city of Pemba, has begun to mobilize its equipment for the take-off of construction, according to a press release from the publicly owned National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH).
[AIM] Maputo -The governor of the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Helena Taipo, has denounced the presence of armed men, believed to be members of the illegal militia loyal to the former rebel movement Renamo, roaming around the district of Nhamatanda.
[AIM] London -The Australian mining company Triton Minerals, which holds the rights to graphite deposits in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, announced on Monday that it has secured up to 200 million US dollars to develop its mine.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Monday passed the first reading of the budget for 2015, with the majority Frelimo Party voting in favour, and both opposition parties, the former rebel movement Renamo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), voting against.
[AIM] Maputo -The Maputo top security prison, in the suburb of Machava, has been repeatedly vandalized by some of the inmates, according to a release from the National Prison Service (SERNAP).
[AIM] Maputo -Opposition deputies in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, who claim that the government intends to spend more of the 2015 budget on the southern provinces than on the more densely populated central and northern provinces, have simply not read the entire budget, accused the Minister of Economy and Finance, Adriano Maleiane, on Monday.
[MISA] On 3 May 2015, MISA's network of national chapters across southern Africa will join people around the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).