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]Maputo -When, in February, the Government and Renamo reached consensus on the revision of the electoral legislation, the Mozambicans started to dream of peace once again, after being under threat for a year.
[AIM]Mozambique's total public debt, as of 31 December, stood at US$6.8 billion, Finance Minister Manuel Chang told the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, 6 March.
[AIM]The Central Committee of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party on 1 March elected Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi as the party's candidate for the 15 October presidential election.
[AIM]416,000 Mozambicans are receiving anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs that prolong the lives of HIV-positive people, Deputy Health Minister Nazira Abdula announced on 3 March.
[AIM]The forestry and wild life services in the western province of Tete have seized nine large trucks carrying illegal loads of 160 cubic metres of unprocessed hardwoods.
[AIM]The Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has charged the administrator and the permanent secretary of one of the districts of the northern province of Nampula of embezzling 1.1 million meticais (US$36,000).
[AIM]The flood surge down the Incomati River in southern Mozambique on 9 March reached Manhica district, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo, and was lapping at the edges of the country's main north-south highway.
[AIM]Maputo -Contrary to initial fears, the flood on the Incomati river in southern Mozambique has not yet spilled over the main north-south highway, cutting traffic between Maputo and the northern and central provinces.
[AIM]Maputo -The cashew processing factory Condor Nuts, located in the town of Alto Molocue, in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, has sacked 425 workers, giving as its reasons a shortage of raw nuts to process, and a series of fines imposed by the Mozambican authorities.
[AIM]Maputo -The leader of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) and mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, has declared that he owes nothing to Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo.
[AIM]Maputo -The Northern Development Corridor (CDN), the consortium which operates the railway from the northern Mozambican port of Nacala to Malawi, has announced the indefinite suspension of passenger trains between Nampula city and Cuamba, in the neighbouring province of Niassa, because of the activity of vandals on the line.
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) says government has taken note of media reports alleging that South African female prisoners in Mozambique are subjected to sexual abuse and related hardships.
[Verdade]Warm rhythm, soft and slow speech, but incisive. Everything about him was solemn. The walk, the talk, the disarm and the celebrate. Slowly. Within the four lines, functioned as a GPS, a turntable where the game should go, then switching to the flanks, or take advantage of the empty spaces.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday laid the first stone for the construction of a new prison complex at Moamba, about 60 kilometres northwest of Maputo.
[AIM]Maputo -The flood surge down the Incomati river in southern Mozambique has reached Manhica district, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo, and is lapping at the edges of the country's main north-south highway.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has raised yet another pre-condition to be met before it will lay down its arms - the release of what it calls "political prisoners".
[ThinkAfricaPress]The rapid rise of the opposition MDM looks set to break apart Mozambique's historically bipolar political landscape.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party on Friday announced the creation of an Office to Prepare for the General Elections scheduled for 15 October.
[AIM]Maputo -Most of the mining companies operating in the western Mozambican province of Tete are not honouring their legal obligation to channel part of their revenues to the development of the local communities.
[AIM]Maputo -The flood surge down the Incomati river in southern Mozambique has passed through the town of Moamba, and has now reached Magude district.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has charged the administrator and the permanent secretary of one of the districts of the northern province of Nampula of embezzling 1.1 million meticais (about 36,000 US dollars).
[AIM]Maputo -The rate of inflation in Mozambique in February, as measured by the consumer price indices for the three largest cities (Maputo, Nampula and Beira), was 0.39 per cent, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced on Friday.
[SPS]Maputo -Former President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr. Joaquim Alberto Chissano has called for the need to speed up the settlement of Saharawi issue, through a free, just and imapartial referendum ensuring the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence.
[AIM]Maputo -The dialogue between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo went into reverse on Wednesday, when the Renamo delegation suddenly revived its demand for foreign mediation.
[Zimbabwe Independent]GOVERNMENT might have been prejudiced of millions of dollars after the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) failed to invoice close to 500 000 tonnes of ferro-chrome exported via Beira and Maputo.
[SANF]The leading candidate to be the next President of Mozambique comes from the northernmost province as the country begins to shift focus to the resource-rich north, and back to its roots.
[AIM]Maputo -The new presidential complex in Maputo cost 71.8 million US dollars, financed by a loan from the Exim Bank of China, Finance Minister Manuel Chang told the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
[AIM]Maputo -The next 13th, 18th and 20th of March 2014, respectively in Nampula (in the Sala Magna of the UCM), in Beira (in the Sala Beira of the FEG of the UCM) and in Maputo (in the Mediateca of the BCI), will take place the workshop: "Managing Corporate Social Responsibility in Mozambique" and the National Conference (in Maputo) which is designed to promote the adoption of new Social Corporate Responsibility's policies (CSR) in the Country.
[AIM]Maputo -The death toll from floods and storms in the current rainy season (from October 2013 up until last Sunday) is 17, Mozambique's Minister for State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua, told the country's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
[IRIN]Blantyre -Since mid-January, an estimated 2,000 people have fled fighting between the government and former rebels in Mozambique, spilling into neighbouring Malawi, but they are yet to receive assistance as the Malawian government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) remain in disagreement about their status as asylum seekers.