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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 -The anti-corruption organization Transparency International (TI), and its Mozambican chapter, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), have demanded a serious investigation into Monday's attack against prominent academic and political commentator Jose Jaime Macuane.
[AIM] Maputo -Three masked gunmen on Wednesday kidnapped a nine year old child in the central Mozambican city of Beira, according to a report on the independent television station STV.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday warned that tourism depends on a climate of peace and tranquillity.
[AIM] Maputo -The group of 14 doors and financial agencies which suspended their support to the Mozambican state budget because of the scandal of undisclosed government-guaranteed loans in excess of a million dollars have told the government that, before there can be any resumption of aid, they believe it must first discuss with "national institutions" measures to re-establish trust.
[AIM] London -The British-based company Xtract Resources announced on Thursday that it has decided to sell its Manica gold project. This is situated four kilometres north of the central Mozambican town of Vila Manica, near the Zimbabwe border.
[AIM] Maputo -The publicly owned company Ports of Cabo Delgado (PCD) has admitted there are long delays in building the logistical base for the hydrocarbon industry in the northern Mozambican city of Pemba, but claims this is a knock-on effect of the delays by the energy companies themselves in taking their final investment decisions.
[AIM] Maputo -Teams from the Mozambican government and from the rebel movement Renamo, set up to prepare a face-to-face meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, met for the first time on Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the National Defence and Security Council (CNDS).
[AIM] Maputo -The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, has publicly accused the Mozambican government of "concealing corruption", in the scandal over more than a billion dollars worth of government guaranteed loans that were not disclosed, either to the Mozambican public or to the IMF.
[Al Jazeera] Two decades after the end of Mozambique's bloody civil war, residents of one region are living in fear and uncertainty once again.
[AIM] Maputo and tete -The President of Botswana, Ian Khama, on Wednesday expressed confidence in the capacity of his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, to overcome the challenges the country currently faces, including the restoration of effective peace.
[AIM] Lusaka -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Tuesday said that the electrification of Africa is an essential component for industrialization and for development in general.
[AIM] Maputo -Members of the Commission on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, are visiting the central provinces of Manica and Sofala to investigate claims of mass graves, even though the governments of both provinces have denied these claims.
[AIM] Maputo -A court in the northern Mozambican city of Lichinga on Tuesday sentenced the mayor of the city, Saide Amido, to 18 months imprisonment for corruption and abuse of power.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, will meet in a two day extraordinary sitting next month to debate the country's public debt, which stood, at the end of 2015, at 11.64 billion US dollars.
[Mozambique News Reports & Clippings] In a little noticed interview last week on the BBC radio programme Woman's Hour, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that in keeping loans secret, the Mozambique government is "clearly concealing corruption." Thus Lagarde said on the record what donors and lenders have so far only been willing to say in private: that some money from the secret loans has been used corruptly. It also makes clear that the IMF team visiting next month will no longer simply accept statements from the government, and wi
[Focac] Maputo -Industrial cooperation, notably in natural gas exploration and manufacturing, is on top agenda as Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi begins his first state visit to China, the Chinese ambassador to Mozambique says.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday night invited Botswana business people to invest in "anchor projects" in Mozambique, such as the development road and rail corridors, the exploitation of mineral resources and others which have a direct impact on economic growth.
[AIM] London -Mozambique and Vietnam on Monday agreed to strengthen cooperation in the transport sector.
[AIM] Maputo -24 hours after prominent Mozambican academic and political commentator Jose Jaime Macuane was abducted and maimed, his assailants remain at large and the police apparently have no clues as to their identity.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Attorney-General, Beatriz Buchili, on Monday declared it was time for prosecutors "to strengthen our courage and give confidence to our people that any agent of crime, no matter who he is, shall be held responsible".
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has called for Wednesday the first meeting of the teams from the government and the rebel movement Renamo that will prepared the first face to face meeting between Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama since February 2015.
[AIM] Maputo -The Fitch ratings agency on Monday downgraded Mozambique's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'CC' from 'CCC'.
[AIM] Maputo -Unidentified assailants on Monday morning shot and seriously injured a prominent Mozambican academic and political commentator, Jose Jaime Macuane.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican rubies are to be auctioned in Singapore in June by the British company Gemfields.
[Botswana Daily News] Maputo -President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama arrived in Maputo, Mozambique yesterday on a three day state visit.
[AIM] Maputo -Not only did the state company EMATUM (Mozambique Tuna Company) borrow hundreds of millions of dollars on the European bond market to purchase a brand new fleet of fishing boats, but it now turns out that the boats are not fit for purpose.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario is representing Mozambique at the annual meeting of the African Development Bank (ADB) in Lusaka. The meeting runs until Friday in the Zambian capital under the theme "Energy and Climate Change".
[AIM] Maputo -Autogas, the company which sells compressed natural gas for use as a vehicle fuel, has announced that it is building three more filling stations in southern Mozambique. The stations will be located in Ressano Garcia, Marracuene and the city of Matola.
[AIM] London -The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has rescheduled the mission to Mozambique that was cancelled when undisclosed government-guaranteed debt came to light in April.
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -President Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama will undertake a three-day state visit to Mozambique from May 23 to 25 at the invitation of president of Mozambique, Mr Felipe Jacinto Nyusi.