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 main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, has threatened to "make a revolution", if the ruling Frelimo Party does not accept his demand for the formation of a "caretaker government", according to a report carried by the independent television station STV.
[MSF]Patients want community models of care that make it easier for them to access antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). In resource-poor countries it often takes a lot of time, effort and money to collect the necessary drugs. This discourages many from continuing to take their life-long treatment.
[AIM]London -The Indian state-owned International Coal Ventures Ltd (ICVL) on Thursday announced that the first shipment of coal from its concession in central Mozambique has arrived at port in Visakhapatnam in eastern India.
[AIM]Maputo -The percentage of women in Mozambican higher education rose from 38 to 41 per cent of the total number of students between 2011 and 2013, according to Deputy Education Minister Arlindo Chilundo.
[AIM]Songo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared on Wednesday that those who predicted disaster when Mozambique took majority ownership of the Cahora Bassa dam have been proved wrong.
[AIM]London -The Australian mining company Triton Minerals on Wednesday announced that a scoping study on its Nicanda Hill resource at the Balama North graphite project, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, justifies launching a feasibility study.
[AIM]Maputo -The first goods train to use the new railway from the Moatize coal basin, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, to the mineral port at Nacala-a-Velha, on the northern coast, arrived at the port on Monday night, according to a report in Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
[AIM]Gurue -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Thursday inaugurated the rehabilitated road linking the town of Gurue to the locality of Magige in the central province of Zambezia.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Tuesday threatened to set up his own government in January, if the ruling Frelimo Party does not agree to his call for a caretaker government to run the country for the next five years.
[Verdade]The government has said that the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) prevented some builders from circulating and doing construction work in the Gorongosa area, Sofala Province, last week, thus violating the cessation of hostilities accord signed on 5 September by President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
[Verdade]The civil society organizations, which in May of this year forced the President not to promulgate the laws of the Statute of Security and Social Welfare of the MP and of Rights and Duties of the President in exercise and after cessation of functions, which culminated in its return to parliament for reconsideration, understand that these issues require enough time to be discussed and approved; therefore they ask that the Parliament schedule the discussion thereof in V Special Session but the approval must m
[Verdade]On the morning of November 11, the sugar cane field of Tongaat Hulett company, in the administrative post of Xhinavane, in Maputo province, was visited unexpectedly by four elephants - presumed to be a couple with two calves - seemingly harmless. It is not know why, but someone has promoted an unbridled campaign for the ruthless slaughter of these pachyderms.
[AIM]Maputo -Deputies from Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, on Wednesday tried unsuccessfully to put their demand for a “caretaker government” onto the agenda of the extraordinary sitting of the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.
[SAIIA]In 2011, the SADC Secretariat in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) initiated a research and dialogue project to identify the most significant constraints to doing business in the SADC region. The idea was to make these more tangible - beyond the desk research stage, by conducting firm-level case studies on the identified constraints.
[IPS]Lagos -Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.
[AIM]Maputo -Attempts by Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party to change the country's constitution came to an ignominious end on Wednesday when the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, voted to wind up the ad-hoc commission that had been discussing constitutional amendments for almost four years.
[AIM]Maputo -The wave of kidnappings in Mozambican cities is continuing, and the latest victim is the wife of a customs official, who was abducted on Tuesday morning as her husband was preparing to go to work.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday unanimously passed the second and final reading of a freedom of information bill which will oblige public bodies, and those private bodies which undertake activities of general interest, to release information to any citizen requesting it.
[Gender Links]Johannesburg -Each year as we commemorate Sixteen Days of Activism against gender violence, the most common question asked is, "How do we curb violence against women?" Of course there is no one single simple solution to this pandemic, but one of the key solutions is economic independence. When women are uneducated and financially dependent, they are less able to escape abuse and negotiate all aspects of their lives.
[AIM]Maputo -The head of the government delegation in the long-running dialogue between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo, Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, has accused Renamo of violating the cessation of hostilities signed between President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
[AIM]Maputo -The Constitutional Council, Mozambique's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, has rejected an appeal by the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) against a ruling by the Tete city court which threw out an MDM complaint against the results of the 15 October general elections in the city and other parts of Tete province.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday inaugurated two stretches of road that have been completely rehabilitated in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Health claims that all the logistical conditions are in place for the second phase of the national measles vaccination campaign, which began across the country on Monday.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, announced on Monday that its leader, Afonso Dhlakama, will visit the central provinces of Sofala, Manica and Tete this week to explain to the population why Renamo has rejected the results of the 13 October general elections announced by the National Elections Commission (CNE).
[AIM]Maputo -The government of Mozambique has received credit from the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) for the construction of Nampula General Hospital.
[AIM]Maputo -Circular 004/MITRAB/DTM/GD/211/2013 of Aug. 19 Relating to the hiring of foreign workers in the country, there has been an increased demand for the transfer of workers from one part of the country to another, in some cases to avoid the problem of lack of quotas.
[AIM]Maputo -The CTA received a "Request for Opinion on the proposal for the Regulation of the Mining Law" from the office of Mineral Resources (MIREM) Minister Esperanca Bias.
[AIM]Maputo -On the 14th and 15th of this month, the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) held a reflective seminar in the district of Bilene in Gaza province in which the objectives of the organization for the next five years were considered, in addition to a new model of public-private dialogue.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday inaugurated a new transmission centre owned by Radio Mozambique at Nsime, in Matutuine district, in the far south of the country.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican survivors of the “Vega 5” fishing ship, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in December 2010, are continuing to demand compensation for their ordeal, reports Tuesday's issue of the Beira daily paper “Diario de Mocambique”.