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
[Verdade]Over the past few years, the social environment in Mozambique has been characterized by a high rate of dissatisfaction among citizens.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Sunday challenged the country's religious institutions to play their role in ensuring compliance with the agreements signed between the government and the former rebel movement Renamo on a cessation of hostilities.
[AIM]Maputo -Filipe Nyusi, the candidate of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party for the 15 October presidential election, has promised that, if elected, he will lead the construction of universities in all of Mozambique's rural districts, in order to train young people so that they can become “generals in the struggle against poverty”.
[AIM]Maputo -Poachers are killing four to five elephants a day in Mozambique, or 1,500 to 1,800 a year, according to Carlos Lopes Pereira, of the World Conservation Society.
[AEP]Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE), has urged all political parties and voters to halt the violent incidents that have characterized the election campaign in recent days ahead of the general elections in October.
[AIM]Maputo -Daviz Simango, the leader and presidential candidate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), on Saturday warned that the country could one day be governed by foreigners again, unless there is serious investment in education.
[AIM]Maputo -The coordinator of the election campaign of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) in Maputo province, Jose Manuel, told AIM on Friday he is confident that the voters of Moamba district, about 60 kilometres northwest of the capital want change.
[AIM]Maputo -The mayor of Beira, and presidential candidate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), Daviz Simango, on Friday declared that, if he wins the 15 October election, it will not be merely a personal victory, but “a victory for all Mozambicans”.
[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin]Violence and electoral misconduct are increasing across the country, warned CNE President Abdul Carimo in a statement today (Thursday). He confirmed that electoral misconduct is leading to arrests.
[AIM]London -The British based mining company Savannah Resources has announced that it has identified five significant heavy mineral sands zones at its Jangamo deposit in the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane.
[AIM]Maputo -The opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) in Bilene district, in the southern province of Gaza, has accused the ruling Frelimo Party of assaulting its members and sympathisers and sabotaging its election campaign.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Education has decreed that, as of January next year, foreign investors will be banned from opening primary schools.
[AIM]Maputo -The candidate of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party for the 15 October presidential election, Filipe Nyusi, on Thursday promised, if elected, to complete the bridge over the Bay of Maputo linking the centre of the city to the outlying municipal district of KaTembe.
[AIM]Maputo -The Presidential candidate of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi, has denied claims published by the right-wing weekly “Canal de Mocambique” that he does not wish to participate in a televised debate with the other two candidates, Afonso Dhlakama of the former rebel movement Renamo, and Daviz Simango of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Hydrocarbon Company (ENH) signed three memorandums of understanding in Maputo on Thursday with the French engineering and construction company Technip, aimed at the transfer of technology and the training of technical staff.
[AIM]Maputo -Municipal cleaning staff went on strike on Wednesday in the central city of Quelimane, claiming that the municipality owes them their New Year's Bonus for the last three years.
[AIM]Maputo -Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, on Wednesday arrived in the northern city of Nampula, for the second stage in his campaign for the 15 October presidential election.
[AIM]Maputo -The candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party for the Mozambican presidential elections scheduled for 15 October, former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, pledged on Wednesday that, if elected, he will take measures to fight against nepotism which hinders development by placing incompetent people in key positions.
[AIM]Maputo -The chairperson of Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE), Abdul Carimo, on Thursday urged all political parties and voters to halt the violent incidents that have characterized the election campaign in recent days.
[AIM]Maputo -A group of brickmakers have again erected barricades at the entrance to the open cast coal mine operated by the Brazilian company Vale in Moatize, in the western Mozambican province of Tete, demanding further compensation from the company, reports the Beira daily paper “Diario de Mocambique”.
[AIM]Maputo -A court in the northern Mozambican province of Niassa has sentenced a supporter of the ruling Frelimo Party, Sergio Basilio, to five months imprisonment for destroying election propaganda of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), reports the Beira daily paper, “Diario de Mocambique”.
[OSISA]The Centre for Human Rights at Eduardo Mondlane University and the Mozambican Human Rights League, with support from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative (HRI) last week launched the long-awaited audit report on the Mozambican criminal justice system.
[AIM]Maputo -On Tuesday (09 September) the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced that the rate of inflation in Mozambique in August, as measured by the consumer price indices for the three largest cities (Maputo, Nampula and Beira), was negative, at minus 0.55%.
[AIM]Maputo -The discovery, extraction and export of natural resources has led to the restructuring of economic activities in Mozambique and the decline of certain other sectors or branches of economic activity.
[AIM]Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) and the European Union on 5 September signed a memorandum in Maputo establishing legal mechanisms for a mission of EU observers to come and witness the presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections scheduled for 15 October.
[AIM]The head of the team of international military observers which will monitor the cessation of hostilities in Mozambique arrived in Maputo on 14 September, according to Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, head of the government delegation in the dialogue between the government and the opposition party Renamo.
[AIM]Maputo -To celebrate the occasion of its 18th anniversary, the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) will hold its traditional private sector Annual Gala Dinner on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Hotel Polana Serena.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police in Xai-Xai, capital of the southern province of Gaza, have arrested the Gaza provincial delegate of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), Judite Sitoi, in connection with election violence, according to a report in Tuesday's issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.
[AIM]Maputo -The head of the team of international military observers which will monitor the cessation of hostilities in Mozambique arrived in Maputo on Sunday, according to Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, head of the government delegation in the dialogue between the government and Renamo.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina argued in Maputo on Wednesday that defective dissemination of information by the mass media can damage the fight against poverty and have a negative impact on the country's economy.