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 Economics Faculty of the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique's oldest institution of higher education, on Thursday awarded an honorary doctorate in development economics to President Armando Guebuza.
[AIM]Maputo -The official results from the mayoral by-election in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba, announced on Thursday by the Niassa Provincial Elections Commission, conform the victory of Zacarias Filipe, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party.
[AIM]Maputo -Although one of the indicators is now causing concern, Mozambique's foreign debt remains sustainable, Finance Minister Manuel Chang told reporters on Thursday.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday urged Mozambican communities living abroad to act as “informal diplomats”, and to place national unity, peace and self-esteem at the centre of their actions.
[AIM]Maputo -The volume of trade between Mozambique and China rose from 1.64 billion US dollars in 2013 to 2.94 billion so far this year, according to Chinese ambassador Li Chunhua.
[AIM]Maputo -Zacarias Filipe, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party has won Wednesday's mayoral by-election in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba, with almost 58 per cent of the votes.
[AIM]Maputo -The western Mozambican province of Tete on Wednesday was formally declared free of land lines.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique Airlines (LAM) announced on Friday the introduction of cheap air fares, known as “Letzgo”, for selected domestic flights as from January.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican opinion makers should take care of the words they use in order not to have damaging effects on the country's currency, the metical, warned the governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Ernesto Gove, on Wednesday.
[AIM]Maputo -At least five people died in the torrential rains that lashed Maputo on Monday night according to the municipal councillor for health and social welfare, Nurbai Calu.
[AIM]Maputo -Representatives of the Mozambican government and of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met in Maputo on Monday to assess the projects currently under way with IFAD support.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Hydrocarbons Company (ENH) will sell two million gigajoules of natural gas a year to the publicly owned electricity company, EDM, which will be used to generate power at the Ressano Garcia thermal power station (CTRG), on the border with South Africa.
[SPS]The Vice-President of Mozambican parliament, Lucas Chomera Jeremias, stressed Tuesday at the headquarters of the Saharawi National Council that the independence of Africa is incomplete as long as the last case of decolonization in Africa, Western Sahara is under colonial occupation.
[UNFPA]Maputo -"Adolescent girls have rights and potential," declared 15-year-old Catia Zefanias Uamusse, at the opening of the National Girls' Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, in mid-November. "We ought to be in charge of our own bodies and make decisions regarding our sexual and reproductive health."
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) has delivered to the Constitutional Council, the country's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, all the results sheets from the 15 October general elections which it requested - contrary to a claim made on the front page of Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM]Maputo -All bar one of the 65 polling stations in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba opened on time, at 07.00, for Wednesday's mayoral by-election, according to the Electoral Observatory, Mozambique's largest and most credible group of election observers.
[AIM]Maputo -Maputo's publicly owned municipal bus company, EMTPM, made a loss of over 174 million meticais (about 5.5 million US dollars, at current exchange rates) in 2013, according to the company's report and accounts for that year, published this week.
[AIM]Maputo -In the first ten months of this year, 27 cases of trafficking in people were reported in Mozambique, according to Assistant Attorney-General, Lucia Maximiliano.
[AIM]Maputo -Storms that hit parts of southern and central Mozambique over the weekend and on Monday night left a trail of destruction across Maputo city and province, and much of Sofala.
[SPS]Shaheed Elhafed -The President of the Sahrawi National Council, Khatry Adduh, received Tuesday at the Guest house the Vice President of the Mozambican parliament, Lucas Chomera Jeremias.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Fisheries, Victor Borges, on Monday expressed satisfaction at progress in building the new fish market on the Maputo coast road.
[Verdade]The Ebola epidemic doesn't give truce and has caused the death of 5,459 people, between 15,351 cases identified in eight countries, until 18 November, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO). On the frontline of the fight against this epidemic, in the small town of Greenville, Liberia, we found a Mozambican Jeremias Naiene.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government on Monday accused Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, of violating the agreement on cessation of hostilities that he had signed with President Armando Guebuza on 5 September.
[AIM]Maputo -The European Commission has kept all Mozambican air companies on its black list of airlines that are not allowed to operate in the air space of the European Union.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police on Monday announced the arrests of three members of the armed forces (FADM) who were caught trying to sell an AK-47 assault rifle.
[AIM]The Assembly of the Republic on 4 December passed the second and final reading of a bill which creates the post of "Leader of the Second Largest Party in Parliament".
[AIM]The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on 4 December passed the final reading of a bill increasing the benefits and privileges of parliamentary deputies.
[AIM]Maputo -The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Mozambique has announced that the bank's key interest rates will remain unchanged for the rest of the year.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 13 December officially inaugurated the new international airport in the northern port city of Nacala, costing over US$250 million and built with the financial support of Brazil. President Guebuza declared that the imposing new buildings are yet further proof that "there are people committed to the construction of a prosperous Mozambique, and who oppose those who only know how to make speeches which incite to violence and destruction".
[AIM]Maputo -The Electoral Observatory (OE), the largest and most credible grouping of Mozambican election observers, has guaranteed that it will be present at all 65 polling stations in the mayoral by-election due to be held in the northern municipality of Cuamba on Wednesday.