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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 -Hundreds of hungry Mozambicans are abandoning their homes in drought-stricken parts of the central province of Sofala and moving into the neighbouring province of Manica in search of food, reports the independent television station STV.
[AIM] Maputo -The authorities in the central Mozambican district of Gorongosa have denied the claim that a mass grave containing 120 bodies has been found in the district.
[AIM] London -Obtala Resources, a company based in the British Channel Islands, on Friday announced that it has received 900,000 US dollars from Basic Materials Limited in return for a 17.5 per cent stake in its forestry concessions.
[AIM] Maputo -Despite anonymous calls on social media for nationwide protests on Friday against the scandal of undisclosed government-guaranteed debts, there were, as far as AIM can ascertain, no demonstrations at all, anywhere in the country.
[AIM] Maputo -The governments of Mozambique and Swaziland signed a memorandum of understanding in Maputo on Thursday, with a view to stepping up cooperation in the areas of mineral resources, energy and water resources.
[AIM] Maputo -The British government on Thursday announced that it is suspending financial aid to Mozambique, in the wake of the scandal over undisclosed loans.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's total public debt stood at 11.64 billion US dollars, as of 31 December 2015, Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario announced on Thursday.
[AIM] Maputo -The situation in the Chiramba administrative post, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, is now "under control", after an attack by gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo was repelled, according to Defence Minister Atanasio M'tumuke.
[AIM] Maputo -The World Bank has suspended its direct budget support to Mozambique, although Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario told a Maputo press conference on Thursday that the government has not yet been formally informed of this decision.
[AIM] London -The Irish company Kenmare Resources that operates a dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, announced today that it hopes to raise 275 million US dollars.
[AIM] Maputo -More than 50 prisoners died in the first quarter of this year in Mozambique's prisons, mostly from HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, according to the National Prisons Directorate (SERNAP).
[Mozambique News Reports & Clippings] Like a naughty schoolboy caught smoking in the bike shed who is then summoned to the school principal's office, Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario flew to Washington to appear before IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Apparently he confessed to her that at least $1.35 billion in loans were taken out in secret without telling parliament or donors - or, most importantly, the IMF.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday approved the new statutory minimum wages, for all sectors of activity, with increases ranging from 1.15 to 12.5 per cent.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican defence and security forces expelled gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo from the administrative post of Chiramba, in the central province of Sofala, on Tuesday morning, reports Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government spokesperson, Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide, on Tuesday justified previously undisclosed government debts as necessary for the "protection of strategic infrastructures".
[CAF] Few minutes following a historic qualification for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup, the attitude of Ricardo Muendane was everything but joyful.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police have denied that Renamo gunmen are active in Mossurize district, in the central province of Manica.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Wednesday challenged the new general director of the Mozambique Cotton Institute (IAM), Luis Zeca Tomo, to adopt new measures to increase cotton production and thus gain more foreign currency for the country.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, the rebel movement Renamo, has again demanded explanations from the government about the country's public debt, following the revelation that over 1.3 billion US dollars in government guaranteed loans had not been disclosed either to the Mozambican public or to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
[AIM] Maputo -Gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo on Monday morning attacked a position of the Mozambican police at Chiramba, in Chemba district, in the central province of Sofala, according to a report in Tuesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police on Monday afternoon arrested five suspects for the murder on Sunday of an Indian engineer, Naryanan Sasi, in the central city of Chimoio.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday inaugurated a water treatment station in the city of Cuamba, in the northern province of Niassa.
[AIM] Maputo -Although the number of reported cases of malaria in Mozambique increased last year, there was a substantial decline in mortality from the disease, according to Health Minister Nazira Abdula.
[AIM] Lilongwe -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday presented the Malawian authorities with projects, seeking to reduce the costs of transporting merchandise to and from this landlocked country.
[Nyasa Times] Malawi hosted Zambia President Edgar Lungu and Mozambique leader Filipe Nyusi who had talks with President Peter Mutharika on modalities of addressing food insecurity and enhancing trade amongst the three neighbouring countries.
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika Monday hailed the one-day tripartite talks he held with Zambian and Mozambican leaders, Edgar Lungu and Felipe Nyusi respectively at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
[Daily Maverick] Mozambique has spent much of the last decade borrowing against its future. The debts are now coming due, but the natural gas that was supposed to pay for the multibillion dollar loans is yet to come online. Has the country, through its dodgy tuna bonds, over-extended itself? By SIMON ALLISON.
[AIM] Gunmen of the country's largest opposition party Renamo killed a young child on 21 April in an attack against a vehicle in Gorongosa district in the central province of Sofala.
[AIM] Unidentified gunmen on 11 April murdered prosecutor Marcelino Vilankulo in the southern city of Matola. The assassination occurred at about 19.20, as Vilankulo was returning to his Matola home from the Maputo City attorney's office, where he works.
[AIM] The Mozambican government will disburse immediately 360 million meticais ($6.9 million at current exchange rates) to support about 1.5 million people at risk of hunger in the drought-stricken regions of the centre and south of the country.