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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 promised that he will shortly leave his hiding place, somewhere in the bush of Gondola district, in the central province of Manica, and come to Maputo for talks with the government.
[AIM] Maputo -The world of Mozambican culture went into mourning on Monday, on receiving the news of the death of Swedish author Henning Mankell from cancer in Goteburg at the age of 67.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday lamented the fact that the efforts he and his government, and various other sectors of society, have made to ensure effective peace have not yet borne fruit.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Friday demanded that the Chinese contractor, the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group, comply rigorously with the deadlines established for concluding the rehabilitation and improvement of the Beira-Zimbabwe highway.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Sunday that he believes the government and the former rebel movement Renamo will "very soon" resume dialogue, thus respecting the desire of Mozambicans to resolve problems through discussing them.
[AIM] Maputo -A unit of the Mozambican police clashed with gunmen of the former rebel movement Renamo in Gondola district, in the central province of Manica, on Friday morning.
[AIM] Maputo -In the wake of last Friday's attack against the motorcade of Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, the Renamo national spokesperson, Antonio Muchanga, has suggested that Renamo may be willing to resume dialogue with the government.
[AIM] Maputo -Power cuts continued in parts of Maputo and elsewhere in southern Mozambique on Friday morning, 48 hours after a serious breakdown in the sub-station in the city of Matola.
[AIM] Maputo -The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved a loan of 25 million US dollars to support the Mozambican government's financial sector development strategy.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Friday described tourism as "an industry of peace", and pledged continued government support for this sector of the economy.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government's Agricultural Development Fund (FDA) on Thursday delivered 40 tractors and their accessories to Chokwe district, in the southern province of Gaza, in a ceremony that marked the launching of the National Agricultural Mechanisation Programme.
[New Zimbabwe] A FOREIGN national married to a Zimbabwean woman has languished in remand prison for over eight months as he is failing to produce valid documents to prove his nationality to enable the government to deport him to that country.
[AIM] Maputo -The levels of repayment of loans from the Mozambican government's Urban Poverty Reduction Strategic Programme (PERPU) remains unsatisfactory, according to Manuel Rodrigues, spokesperson for the Coordinating Council of the Ministry of State Administration, meeting in the southern resort of Bilene.
[AIM] London -The London based mining giant Anglo American on Thursday closed its office in the Maputo as part of cost cutting measures.
[AIM] Maputo -Five suspects currently detained in prisons in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula have confessed to participating in the murder of albino citizens, and the sale of their body parts, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The non-governmental organisation Oxfam International has warned that a super El Niño and climate change will leave at least ten million people around the world hungry this year due to drought and erratic rains.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday swore into office Joao Loforte, as general secretary of the Labour Consultative Commission (CCT), the tripartite forum on labour matters between the government, the trade unions and the employers' associations.
[Vanguard] Nigeria became the first team to advance to the AfroBasket Women 2015 Semi-Finals after beating Mozambique 71-66 in the first Quarter-Finals on Thursday in Yaounde, Cameroon.
[This Day] Nigeria's female national basketball team, D'Tigress, gave teeming Nigerians something to celebrate with the Independence Day has she became the first team to advance to the AfroBasket Women 2015 semi-finals yesterday after defeating Mozambique 71-66 in the first in Yaounde, Cameroon.
[Guardian] Nigeria became the first team to advance to the ongoing AfroBasket Women 2015 Semi-Finals after beating Mozambique 71-66 in the first quarterfinals of the championship in Yaoundé, Cameroun yesterday.
[Daily Trust] Nigeria's D'Tigress yesterday overcame Mozambique 71-66 in a hard fought victory to reach the 2015 Women Afro Basket Championship semi final in Yaounde, Cameroon.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police have arrested three individuals in the possession of rhinoceros horns, in the southern province of Inhambane, according to a report on Radio Mozambique on Thursday.
[AIM] Maputo -Much of Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola were deprived of electricity on Wednesday, and in parts of the capital the power cuts continued into Thursday morning.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Transport Minister Carlos Mesquita on Wednesday inaugurated the first phase of the emergency rehabilitation of the northern port of Nacala.
[Zambian Watchdog] Zambia national football team coach George Lwandamina has named a provisional squad of 25 locally based players for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Mozambique on October 17.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police announced on Tuesday that it has begun criminal proceedings against members of the former rebel movement Renamo, including its leader, Afonso Dhlakama, arising out of the Friday clash at Amatongas, in the central province of Manica.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi argued on Sunday in New York that the threat posed by climate change results from "the arrogance and ignorance" of the human species, which had long behaved as if it owned the planet.
[AIM] Maputo -The Maputo daily paper "Noticias" on Tuesday carried a report, based on anonymous sources, that Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, has made his way back to the area of Satunjira, in the central province of Sofala - but the Renamo official spokesperson, Antonio Muchanga, says that as far as he knows, Dhlakama is still in the neighbouring province of Manica.
[Daily Trust] Nigeria's female national basketball team, D'Tigress will today in Yaounde Cameroon take on Mozambique for a place in tomorrow's semi finals at the ongoing Afro Basket Championship.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua, on Wednesday urged staff in the public service to step up actions to prevent and fight against corruption.