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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 International Monetary Fund (IMF) has demanded an international, independent forensic audit of the government guaranteed loans contracted by the Mozambican companies EMATUM (Mozambique Tuna Company), MAM (Mozambique Asset Management) and Proindicus (intended to provide maritime security services).
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday launched commemorations of the 30th anniversary of the death of the country's first President, Samora Machel.
[Financial Gazette] AREAS along Zimbabwe's border with Mozambique are under threat from the unrest rocking the neighbouring country following fresh clashes between the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) government and opposition Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo), the Financial Gazette can report.
[AIM] Maputo -Parliamentary deputies of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party on Wednesday called on Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili to take action against the main opposition party, the rebel movement Renamo, and even to outlaw it.
[Times of Zambia] MOZAMBICAN President Fellipe Nyusi is expected to officially open this year's Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola next month.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique Airlines (LAM) announced on Wednesday that it is temporarily suspending flights between Maputo and Luanda.
[AIM] Maputo -The joint commission formed between the Mozambican government and the rebel movement Renamo announced on Monday that letters are being sent to potential mediators who will take part in a dialogue which ought to culminate in a face-to-face meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
[Nyasa Times] Government has confirmed meeting their counterparts in Mozambique in a bid to find a lasting solution to problems facing transporters in the country following skirmishes between Renamo and Frelimo.
[AIM] Maputo -Less than 60 per cent of the senior state officials who should deposit declarations of their assets and income, under Mozambique's Law on Public Probity, did so in 2015, according to Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili.
[AIM] London -The Canadian-based oil and gas company Wentworth Resources on Wednesday announced that the Mozambican government has approved its appraisal plan for the Rovuma onshore concession in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
[AIM] Maputo -The number of crimes recorded in Mozambique rose by over nine per cent in 2015, according to the annual report on the state of justice in the country, delivered on Wednesday by Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili to the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -The National Oil Company of Malawi Limited (NOCMA) has said recent spate of attacks of fuel tankers in Mozambique is a wakeup call for Malawi to take the strategic fuel reserves project serious.
[AIM] The rail corridor from the northern port of Nacala-a-Velha to the Moatize coal basin in Tete province will receive $3 billion of new investment to boost its capacity to transport the coal produced in Moatize, according to government spokesperson, Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide.
[AIM] The Chinese authorities will forgive $30 million yuan ($5 million) of Mozambique's debt to China under an agreement signed in Maputo on 13 June by Mozambique's Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance, Maria Isaltina Lucas, and the Chinese Deputy Trade Minister, Zhang Xiangchen.
[AIM] The Irish company Kenmare Resources that operates a dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, announced on 20 June that its lenders have agreed to a debt restructuring plan.
[AIM] The London-based company Gemfields on 20 June announced that its sixth auction of rubies mined in the northern Mozambican district of Montepuez has raised a record $44.3 million.
[AIM] President Filipe Nyusi on 16 June inaugurated a new Coca-Cola factory in the Matola-Gare neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Maputo.
[AIM] The Bank of Mozambique has again increased its key interest rates, in its attempts to control inflation.
[AIM] Work on the new Moamba Maior dam on the Incomati River, in the southern district of Moamba, is now about seven per cent complete. President Filipe Nyusi witnessed the progress during a visit to the dam site on 18 June.
[AIM] Maputo -Driving licences and vehicle number plates can no longer be issued in Mozambique because of a major computer breakdown, according to the independent television station STV.
[AIM] Maputo -Thousands of artisanal gold miners are abandoning the Chimanimani reserve in the central Mozambican province, apparently because the gold seam at Chimanimani has been worked out.
[AIM] Maputo -The policeman who shot a young man dead in the southern Mozambican city of Matola early on Sunday morning has been arrested and will face both disciplinary and criminal proceedings, according to a report on the independent television station STV.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Monday that the life and work of Eduardo Mondlane, the founder and first President of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), constitute a school from which Mozambicans can learn that it is possible to find solutions to the enormous problems facing the country.
[AIM] Maputo -A 20 year old youth named Edson Mutembe died on Sunday morning in the southern Mozambican city of Matola after he was shot by a policeman guarding the home of the Maputo provincial police commander, according to a report in Monday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais".
[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 on Monday that its lenders have agreed to a debt restructuring plan.
[AIM] London -The London-based company Gemfields on Monday announced that its sixth auction of rubies mined in the northern Mozambican district of Montepuez has raised a record 44.3 million US dollars.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police on Sunday night rescued a kidnap victim in Boane municipality, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo, shooting dead two of the kidnappers during the operation.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday inaugurated an industrial slaughterhouse in Manhica district, about 90 kilometres north of Maputo.
[Namibian] Spectator admission to the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Castle Cup Plate semi-final on Tuesday will be free.
[Nyasa Times] Mozambique president Filippe Nyusi has given in to the demands by Renamo leader to accep the presence of foreign mediators in talks to end his country's conflict, giving a ray of hope to Malawians whose people have been caught in the cross fire.