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
[UNFPA]Widespread flooding has affected hundreds of thousands of people across Southern Africa. Torrential rainfall and the overflowing Zambezi River have destroyed crops, infrastructure and thousands of homes in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, the worst-hit countries. Hundreds are dead or missing.
[AIM]Maputo -The Brazilian government on Thursday donated a naval manoeuvres simulator to the Mozambican navy.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario told reporters on Thursday that the only dialogue between the government and the country's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, is the one taking place, usually on Mondays, at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre in Maputo, where the government delegation is led by Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's publicly owned electricity company, EDM, has restored some power to the northern city of Nampula by reactivating generator groups that had been mothballed, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
[AIM]Maputo -Over 30,000 hectares of crops in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia have been lost because of this month's floods, according to the Provincial Director of Agriculture, Ilidio Bande, cited in Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
[AIM]Maputo -The main objective of the Bank of Mozambique “is to preserve the value of our currency, the metical, expressed in low and stable inflation”, declared the governor of the Bank, Ernesto Gove on Wednesday.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government and the Maputo delegation of the European Union have decided to mobilise resources of up to 10 million euros (11.4 million US dollars) from the European Development Fund, to respond immediately to the crisis caused by massive flooding in the central province of Zambezia.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, seems to have created expectations among his followers that he is unable to satisfy.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government has ordered a further three HS132 interceptor patrol boats from the French company CMN (Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie), reports the defence industry on-line publication “Navy Recognition”.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has appointed former Justice Minister Benvinda Levi as his adviser on legal matters.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police last week detained at Maputo International Airport a Mozambican named as Aly Mohammed, who was found to be carrying 45 capsules of cocaine in his stomach.
[AIM]Maputo -The Japanese government has donated about 262,000 US dollars to three NGOs undertaking projects to improve health, water and sanitation in Mozambique.
[AIM]Maputo -Kidnap gangs resumed their activity on Tuesday, seizing a shopkeeper of Asian origin at gunpoint in central Maputo in broad daylight.
[AIM]Maputo -The known death toll from the floods in central and northern Mozambique has risen to 117, according to the latest report from the Ministry of State Administration and the Public Service, which supervises the country's disaster management bodies.
[AIM]London -The Australian mining company Triton Minerals on Tuesday announced that it has secured twenty million Australian dollars (just under 16 million US dollars) to develop the Balama North graphite project, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
[AIM]Maputo -The CMN (Constructions Mecaniques de Normandie) shipyard in the French port of Cherbourg on Thursday launched the first of three “Ocean Eagle 43” offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for Mozambique.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's publicly owned electricity company, EDM, hopes to restore power to northern Mozambique by Saturday, according to EDM chairperson Gildo Sibumbe, cited in Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”.
[AIM]Maputo -Delegations from the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo met in Maputo's Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre on Monday for the 91st round of a dialogue which began in April 2013, with Renamo still insisting on a division of senior military positions, while the government rejects this as incompatible with the demand for separating political parties from the state.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]London -Two weeks after floods first swept across southern Africa, tens of thousands of people urgently need clean water, food, shelter and medical care, aid agencies said on Friday, as more rain was forecast for worst-affected Malawi.
[AIM]Maputo -Maputo Municipal Council has warned that it will demolish houses built in flood prone areas, where the residents have already been resettled in safe places, elsewhere in the city.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police released without charge on Sunday the two leaders of former migrant workers in the now defunct German Democratic Republic (GDR), Jose Cossa and Arnaldo Mendes, who had been detained on Friday, according to a report in the newsheet “CanalMoz”.
[AIM]Maputo -Alice Mabota, the founder and chairperson of the Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH) has been obliged to resign, following accusations of serious mismanagement, reports the latest issue of the independent weekly “Savana”.
[Malawi24]There are heightened fears among people living in Malawi's tourist district of Nkhatabay following reports that a Mozambican national suspected of showing Ebola signs has been quarantined at the district's hospital.
[Malawi24]John Lanjesi to follow
[SPS]Maputo (Mozambique) January 24, 2015 (SPS) the president of the World Federation of Democratic Youth in Africa Mr. Dalfino Guila, announced that Mozambique supports the candidacy of the Saharawi Youth to the presidency of WFDY in Africa.
[Malawi24]Silver Strikers have confirmed the departure of their two senior players namely goalkeeper Charles Swini and Frank Banda who have clinched a season long loan to Club De Songo of Mozambique.
[AIM]Maputo -A rumour that the water supply for the western Mozambican city of Tete has been poisoned spread rapidly through the city on Thursday night and Friday, reports the Beira daily paper “Diario de Mocambique”.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police on Friday arrested the chairperson and deputy chairperson of the Association of Mozambican Former Workers in Germany (ATMA), Jose Cossa and Arnaldo Mendes, on charges of incitement to violence, reports the independent television station STV.
[AIM]Maputo -The rains have slackened across the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, but have left in their wake 64 known deaths, according to the Minister of State Administration and the Public Service, Carmelita Namashalua.
[Fahamu]The 2014 elections were a disappointment for those who had hoped for change. Despite strong opposition from Renamo and the newer Mozambique Democratic Movement, Frelimo maintained the grip on power it has had since independence, despite accusations of serious irregularities. Real alternatives, however, are more likely to come out of Mozambique's social movements.