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
[CAJ News] Rustenburg -RANK outsiders Mozambique and Namibia will on Saturday contest the final of what has been an enthralling Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup.
[AIM] Maputo -Prominent environmental activist Carlos Serra has described the theft of 12 rhinoceros horns, that were supposedly under police protection in the southern city of Matola, as "a very dirty blow against the Mozambican state".
[CAF] Namibia and Mozambique booked their places in the final of the COSAFA Cup 2015 after a dramatic days of action at the Moruleng Stadium on Thursday.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government has said it is imperative for state institutions to harmonise their planning procedures, particularly in the monitoring and assessment component, so that the indicators used reflect the priorities established by the government in its development agenda.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of State Administration and the Public Service, Carmelita Namashalua, declared on Friday that state inspectors have a duty to ensure good management of public assets through transparency and accountability.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Tuna Company (EMATUM), set up in 2013, is running at a heavy loss, according to the accounts for 2013 and 2014, published in the Mozambican media on Friday.
[AIM] Abuja -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi arrived in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on Thursday afternoon, where he will attend the investiture of Muhammadu Buhari as president of the most populous country in Africa.
[AIM] Abidjan -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi declared on Thursday that he will do all in his power so that the county remains at peace - but he will not hijack the authority of other institutions, such as the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.
[Times of Zambia] Zambia's under-16 boys basketball team stunned pre-tournament favourites, Mozambique 76-57 in their second match at the ongoing FIBA Zone Six African qualifying series at the National Youth Centre in Botswana.
[AIM] Maputo -The Czech Republic hopes to establish cooperation with Mozambique resting on the development of projects with a long duration, and a long term vision for the future.
[AIM] Maputo -The Kuwaiti group, the Al-Badel International Development Company, has guaranteed that, within the next three months, it will launch a gigantic project to grow sugar cane in Massingir district, in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.
[CAJ News] A surprise-filled Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) Cup progresses to the semifinal stage on Thursday with four sides rated as minnows battling for a berth in the final.
[GFO] Mozambique, where malaria is nationally endemic and still a major driver of mortality especially among children, is a good example of how collaboration between government, civil society and the private sector can contribute to an effective response to the disease.
[Cosafa] Zambia and Malawi set up a final date in Friday's COSAFA Cup 2015 Plate Final when they both claimed victory in their Last 4 clashes at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Wednesday.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican police on Wednesday confirmed that 12 of the 65 rhinoceros horns seized on 12 May have been stolen, but gave no details as to how the horns could have been removed from what were supposed to be heavily guarded premises.
[AIM] Maputo -Stretches of several rivers in Manica district, in the central Mozambican province of the same name, are now devoid of life because of the pollution caused by artisanal gold mining, reports Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican government on Tuesday banned all movement of livestock in the southern districts of Magude and Massingir, following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
[News24Wire] The sister of slain Mozambican national Emmanuel Josias Sithole expressed her disappointment after being turned away from the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
[SA Govt] Following the arrest of a Chinese national in Mozambique, the South African Police Service's Rhino Task Team (task team) based at the Kruger National Park will work closely with Mozambican authorities to have the DNA samples of rhino horns found in that country to be tested to establish if they belong to some of the rhinos killed in South Africa.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's elephant population has fallen by almost half in the last five years, due to massive poaching.
[AIM] Maputo -Several of the 65 rhinoceros horns seized by the Mozambican police on 12 May during a raid on a house in the southern city of Matola have mysteriously disappeared from a police warehouse.
[AIM] Abidjan -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi argued on Tuesday that the creation of an African Common Market must start in each African country, and is dependent on the consolidation of peace and stability, and the establishment of the infrastructures that allow the free circulation of people and goods.
[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has accused former education minister Augusto Jone of violating the law on public probity, passed in 2012.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Rome -Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document.
[AIM] Maputo -The governor of the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Helena Taipo, has authorized the resumption of logging, after a closed door meeting with timber operators, local chiefs and staff of the provincial forestry and wild life department, reports the latest issue of the independent weekly "Savana".
[AIM] Maputo -The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has approved a grant of 57.9 million US dollars to support primary education in Mozambique.
[Malawi24] Flames of Malawi are out of this year's Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup after losing 5-4 on penalties to Mozambique following a 2-a draw in the entire 90 minutes at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.
[AIM] Maputo -Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday swore Joao Beirao into office as the Deputy President of the Supreme Court.
[Malawi News Agency] Dedza -Mozambique Police on Monday intercepted seven refugees from Dzaleka Camp, Dowa in their country and handed them over to Malawi Immigration in Dedza.
[AIM] Maputo -Following the visit to Tanzania last week by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, a team from the Ministries of Justice and the Interior leaves for Dar es Salaam on Wednesday to regularize the identity documents of Mozambicans living in Tanzania.