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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 -A further group of eight members of the illegal militia of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo have defected to the government, accepting its offer of social reintegration.
[AIM] Maputo -Nacala (Mozambique), 28 Nov (AIM) - The kidnapping and murder of albino citizens is a gross violation of human rights and a factor disturbing public stability, declared Mozambique's First Lady, Isaura Nyusi, at a meeting in the northern port city of Nacala on Friday.
[AIM] Maputo -Documents proving the issue of fraudulent cheques by the finance department of the Mozambican Army Command have disappeared, according to a report in Friday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -Another businessman of Asian origin was kidnapped in Maputo, on Tuesday, in broad daylight, in the coastal neighbourhood of Triunfo.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Economy and Finance, Adriano Maleiane, on Thursday assured state employees that they have nothing to worry about, even though many of them had not yet received their November wages.
[AIM] Valletta -The energy sector in Mozambique is the anchor for diversifying the pyramid of growth and for opening new opportunities, declared the Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela, on Thursday.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Thursday challenged young Mozambicans to be the bearers of new visions to face the challenges of globalization.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Thursday urged members of the illegal militia operated by the former rebel movement Renamo to surrender their guns and return to Mozambican society.
[Daily Maverick] It's an often-overlooked crisis that more than 125 million African women are or were child brides. As the African Union meets in Lusaka to figure out how to stop the practice, SIMON ALLISON travels to Mozambique to see how child marriage impacts local communities
[AIM] Maputo -Three members of the Mozambican armed forces (FADM) have been detained in connection with a massive corruption scheme in which 33 million meticais (about 623,000 US dollars at current exchange rates) was siphoned out of state coffers, according to a report in Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Pedro Couto, on Thursday denied a claim by the former rebel movement Renamo that electricity is cheaper in South Africa than in Mozambique because power from the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi is sold far too cheaply to South Africa.
[CIO] Caterpillar has announced that it has launched the pilot-phase of the Technicians for Africa Project, an e-learning website for people who aspire to become a technician in Nigeria, Mozambique and DR Congo.
[AIM] London -On Thursday the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed in Brussels an agreement with Mozambican Deputy Foreign Minister Nyeleti Mondlane which covers 734 million euros (779 million US dollars) worth of support.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development, Celso Correia, on Wednesday announced a series of measures to halt the deforestation the country has been suffering.
[AIM] Maputo and Manhica -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Wednesday, in the district of Manhica, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo, that health care is one of his government's top priorities.
[AIM] London -The Australian mining company Mustang Resources has raised 5.75 million US dollars to fund the development of its graphite, diamond and ruby assets in Mozambique.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police have confirmed that prominent businessman Silvestre Bila is under investigation after "strong evidence of illicit activity" was found, reports Wednesday's issue of the independent newsheet "Mediafax".
[AIM] Maputo -Antonio Muchanga, a prominent deputy in the parliamentary group of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, may be facing parliamentary sanctions, following a gratuitous insult he threw at President Filipe Nyusi during Wednesday's question and answer session between the deputies and members of the government.
[AIM] Maputo -Although a matter of concern, the recent depreciation of the Mozambican currency, the metical, "should not plunge us into pessimism leading to panic and despair", urged Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday.
[The Conversation Africa] Like many African countries, Mozambique faces extractive ventures that exploit its natural resources. Previously they came from the global north, but they increasingly originate from new players in the global economy such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (or BRICS). Whether the new investors will be more socially or environmentally responsible than the older ones remains to be seen.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Health Ministry intends to introduce a new vaccine against poliomyelitis, which will be officially launched on Friday in Manhica district, 89 kilometres north of Maputo.
[AIM] Maputo -Threats to the editorial independence of the Mozambican media come not only from political interference, but also from economic power and from organized crime, warned one of the country's most experienced journalists, Rogerio Sitoe, a former director of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambicans from the western province of Tete who fled into Malawi to escape clashes between gunmen of the former rebel movement Renamo and the defence and security forces, should return to the country as soon as possible, according to the administrator of Moatize district, Elsa da Barca.
[AIM] Maputo -The lethality rate from cholera in Mozambique is extremely low, at only 0.6 per cent, the Health Minister, Nazira Abdula, told the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday approved a decree suspending, for the next two years, authorization of any new requests for logging areas under the regime of "simple licences".
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's three mobile phone companies, M-Cel, Vodacom and Movitel, on Monday threatened to cut off any subscribers who have not registered their SIM cards by Saturday.
[AIM] Maputo -A further 100 buses will soon be on the streets of Maputo, thus helping minimize the crisis in the city's public transport, according to Pedro Ingles, the Permanent Secretary in the Transport Ministry, cited in Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The frequent delays in completing road works in Mozambique is due to delays by the government in paying contractors, according to officials of the National Roads Administration (ANE).
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday urged the country's media to reproduce the culture of non-violence, dialogue and permanent debate, in order to contribute towards maintaining and consolidating effective peace.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's foreign debt is still at sustainable levels, according to the Minister of Economy and Finance, Adriano Maleiane.