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
[SPS]Maputo -The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique Mr. Oldemiro Balói has reiterated his country's support to the struggle of the Saharawi people for freedom and independence, during a meeting with the Saharawi Ambassador Mr. Wadadi Chej Ahmed, informed SADR embassy in Maputo.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday unanimously passed the first reading of a new Penal Code, which will replace the obsolescent penal code inherited from Portuguese colonial rule, which dates from 1886.
[AIM]Maputo -The opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) has appealed to the Constitutional Council, the country's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, against the official result of the 20 November mayoral election in the municipality of Gurue, in the central province of Zambezia.
[AIM]Maputo -Journalists on two community radio stations in the central Mozambican city of Quelimane have complained of receiving death threats and other forms of intimidation, reports Wednesday's issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday approved a decree setting up an office charged with building the Moamba-Major dam on the Incomati river, in Maputo province.
[AIM]Maputo -Major suppliers of food and drink have guaranteed that there will be enough goods on sale during the Xmas and New Year period.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police last week seized two suitcases containing seven rhinoceros horns at Maputo International Airport before they could be dispatched to Vietnam.
[AIM]Maputo -While deputies of all political hues in the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Tuesday agreed that the country needs a new Penal Code, to replace the obsolescent Portuguese Penal Code of 1886, they were unhappy at attempts to criminalise adultery, vagrancy, begging and public drunkenness.
[AIM]Maputo -London, 17 Dec (AIM) - The Executive Board of the World Bank has approved the provision of 55.15 million US dollars for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to increase the penalties for kidnapping.
[ECA]Maputo -Africa has high expectations of the Africa Mineral Resource Centre (AMDC).
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government on Monday accused the main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo of intransigence in the fruitless dialogue between the government and Renamo, which has been under way since April.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Monday began debating a new Penal Code, which replaces the completely obsolescent Portuguese Penal Code of 1886.
[AIM]Maputo -Gunmen of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo attacked a bus on Sunday on the country's main north-south highway, killing one person and injuring five others.
[AIM]Maputo -Maputo, 17 Dec (AIM) - The governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Ernesto Gove, on Monday criticized the commercial banks for failing to follow the lead of the central bank in reducing their interest rates.
[ECA]The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) is now open for business. The AMDC was launched in Maputo Mozambique by Hon Minister of Mines for the Republic of Mozambique, Ms Esperanza Biaz at an event held during the third Ordinary Session of the African Union, Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development.
[World Bank]Washington -The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved US$55.15 million to rehabilitate nationally important roads and bridges in Mozambique's Gaza province to restore access to markets, health clinics and other services for the people whose lives have been disrupted following the flooding in January, and to support new infrastructure to ensure that rural roads are climate resilient.
[Verdade]->The Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) delegation continues to wait for President Armando Guebuza's reply to resume the political dialogue with the government, one week after saying that the talks were dependent on the reply to a letter that Renamo sent Guebuza on the presence of mediators at the talks. Meanwhile, the government delegation claims that the reply has been given and that the delegation turned up at the "dialogue headquarters" for talks with the Renamo delegation that did not turn up
[ECA]Maputo -The ministerial segment of the 3rd AU Conference of Ministers Responsible for Mineral Resources Development will be held in Maputo, Mozambique from 16-18 December on the theme: Leveraging the Africa Mining Vision for Africa's Renaissance towards broader ownership. The conference is being preceded by a meeting of Senior Officials, from 13-15 December.
[Verdade]How was the MDM victory in Nampula made possible without the mobilization of young people to "supervise" the vote at polling stations? Moreover, how was it possible to achieve a victory without a drop of bloodshed and without the Rapid Intervention Forces (FIR) staining the process? The issues that can be raised about the process are varied and lead to even more questions. What role, for example, did abstention play in the victory of the MDM candidate? To what extent does the issue of tribalism have an inf
[Times of Zambia]MINES Minister Christopher Yaluma has said Government will continue promoting policies that will ensure Zambians benefit from mineral resources.
[Namibian]A NAMIBIAN airforce plane crash landed on the Omega airstrip while on a mission to fetch 33 bodies that were recovered in the horrific Bwabwata National Park plane crash on November 30.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government and the company Thai Moçambique Logística signed in Maputo on Friday two concession contracts for the construction of a new mineral port at Macuse, in the central province of Zambezia, and the railway that will link Macuse to the Moatize coal basin in Tete province.
[AIM]Maputo -Subsistence agriculture should generate income for farmers, and guarantee their economic growth, declared Mozambique's Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Antonio Limbau, on Saturday.
[AIM]Maputo -Evidence from the preliminary investigation into the crash, on 29 November, of a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) Embraer-190 in northern Namibia suggests that it was not caused by any mechanical malfunction of the aircraft, according to Joao de Abreu, the chairperson of the regulatory body, the Mozambique Civil Aviation Institute (IACM).
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Industry and Trade, Armando Inroga, announced on Wednesday that the Riopele textile factory, paralysed for the past decade, may reopen next March to produce thread and cloth.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) on Thursday announced the definitive results from the election for the mayor and municipal assembly in the northern city of Nampula, showing victory for the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government has announced a three day period of national mourning for the 33 people who died when an Embraer-190 aircraft of Mozambique Airlines (LAM) crashed in northern Namibia on 29 November.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared on Thursday that his government remains committed to improving the business environment in the country by removing the various legal obstacles and constraints which still hinder the full functioning of market forces.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Friday approved the government's economic and social plan and state budget for 2014, with the majority Frelimo Party voting in favour, and the two opposition parties, Renamo and the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), voting against.