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
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[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Acting Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Fidelis Molao, is in Mozambique for the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) senior policy makers seminar.
[AIM] Maputo -Armando Guebuza, President of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party, on Thursday criticized unnamed members of Frelimo who "undertook activities which disturbed the normal functioning of the party bodies".
[AIM] Maputo -Maputo City Council needs over 620 million meticais (about 18 million US dollars) to rebuild infrastructure damaged by storms and flooding in January.
[AIM] Maputo -Units of the Mozambican police on Wednesday clashed with supporters of the former rebel movement Renamo in the central city of Chimoio, over the venue for a rally to be addressed by Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
[AIM] Maputo -In the five year period from 2010 to 2014, the Mozambican authorities built or rehabilitated about 10,100 water sources, according to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Works, Maria Mathe.
[AIM] London -Mozambique's best known novelist, Mia Couto, has been placed on the shortlist for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize.
[AIM] Maputo -A two year old child died and five other people, including a policeman, were injured on Monday in clashes outside the police command in the central Mozambican town of Dondo, about 30 kilometres west of Beira.
[AIM] Maputo -The succession to Armando Guebuza as President of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party is not on the agenda of the Frelimo Central Committee meeting due to begin on Thursday, the Party spokesperson and Central Committee spokesperson for mobilisation and propaganda, Damiao Jose, told a Maputo press conference on Wednesday.
[AIM] Maputo -The governor of the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Helena Taipo, has insisted that the education authorities in the province must do everything in their power to complete school buildings left unfinished by dishonest contractors,
[AIM] Maputo -Mariamo Mussa, a 19 year old girl who was kidnapped in central Maputo last Friday, was released on Tuesday morning, according to a report in the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday met separately with African and European Union diplomats accredited in Maputo who expressed concern about the political tensions in the country and the unsolved murder of constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac.
[AIM] Maputo -The managers of Beira Central Prison have compulsorily transferred an inmate who complained of mistreatment during a visit to the prison by the Sofala Provincial Chief Attorney, Carolina Azarias, a fortnight ago.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican health service treats about 70,000 new cases of tuberculosis every year, according to Deputy Health Minister Mouzinho Saide.
[AIM] The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the member of the World Bank Group that focuses on the private sector in developing countries, has announced that it is to invest in a steel mill in northern Mozambique.
[AIM] Trans-African Concessions (TRAC), the South African company which operates the EN4 motorway from Maputo to the South African town of Witbank, has promised to invest 370 million meticais (US$10.9 million) in rehabilitating a seven kilometre stretch of the motorway in the municipality of Matola.
[AIM] The Health Ministry on 16 March confirmed an outbreak of dengue fever in the northern province of Nampula.
[AIM] The Ministry of Health spends over US$30 million a year on medicines according to Minister Nazaira Abdula.
[AIM] The Ministry of Education and Human Development announced in Maputo on 18 March that, as from 2017, primary education will become fully bilingual, with children in the initial years of schooling being taught in 16 Mozambican languages.
[AIM] The exercise of democracy is a reality in southern Africa and represents a victory for the region, declared Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, on his arrival in Windhoek, where he attended the investiture of the new Namibian President Hage Geingob on 21 March.
[AIM] Maputo -Unidentified criminals on Sunday afternoon blew a hole in a wall in the Maputo top security prison, in the outlying suburb of Machava, apparently in an attempt to break out one or more prisoners.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, on Monday insisted that the Renamo bill to set up "provincial municipalities" will be passed at the next session of the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.
[AIM] Maputo -Yet another round - the 99th - in the dialogue between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo ended in failure on Monday, with no progress on either of the agenda points currently under discussion, namely the separation of political parties from the state, and defence and security issues.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Health spends over 30 million US dollars a year on medicines, according to the Minister, Nazaira Abdula.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, has once again promised that in the near future Renamo will govern the western province of Tete.
[AIM] Maputo -Unknown assailants on Friday morning kidnapped Mariamo Mussa, the daughter of the owner of Soprope, a well known footwear shop in central Maputo.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development on Monday launched a programme for the mass distribution of school desks, in an attempt to reduce the number of children in the country's primary schools who are obliged to learn while sitting on the floor.
[AIM] Windhoek -The exercise of democracy is a reality in southern Africa and represents a victory for the region, declared Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, on his arrival in Windhoek, where he attended the investiture of the new Namibian President Hage Geingob on Saturday.
[AIM] Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, on Wednesday threatened to have the administrator of Tsangano district, in the western province of Tete, and the local police commander publicly whipped over the alleged detentions of ten Renamo members, according to a report on the independent television station, STV.