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 -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo has agreed to hand over its weapons to the government, and for its men to join the defence and security forces, but it still refuses to demilitarise and become a normal political party, according to Transport Minister Gabriel Muthisse, the deputy head of the government delegation to the long running dialogue between the government and Renamo.
[AIM]Maputo -Despite new legislation that can punish kidnappers with jail sentences of up to 40 years, the wave of kidnappings in Mozambique is continuing.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday inaugurated the rehabilitated water supply system for the northern city of Nampula.
[AIM]Maputo -The demand by the former rebel movement Renamo for senior position in the armed forces and the police is “a provocation typical of Renamo”, declared President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday.
[AIM]Maputo -The Ministry of Health and the Mozambican police have given different versions of the shooting of a patient at Maputo Central Hospital on Tuesday morning.
[AIM]Maputo -The wave of kidnappings in Mozambique cities led to the opening of 44 criminal cases in 2013, according to the country's Attorney-General, Augusto Paulino.
[AIM]Maputo -Two assassins on Tuesday morning invaded Mozambique's largest health unit, Maputo Central Hospital, and shot a patient dead.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican prosecutors processed 876 cases of alleged corruption, embezzlement and theft of state funds in 2013, Attorney-General Augusto Paulino told the county's parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on Wednesday.
[Namibian]Defending champions Zambia and Mozambique are the latest sides to confirm their participation for the 2014 COSAFA Cup to be held in Botswana from September 13-28.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo on Monday demanded senior posts in the armed forces and police as a condition for disarming its remaining gunmen, but the government rejected this demand as “an aberration”.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's presidential elections will take place in October, with or without the participation of Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, declared the secretary for mobilisation and propaganda of the ruling Frelimo Party, Damiao Jose, on Sunday.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Science and Technology, Luis Pelembe, has told reporters that, when Mozambique hands over the chairmanship of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Communities (CPLP) to East Timor later this year, it will be along with a strategic plan for multilateral cooperation to be approved on Tuesday.
[AIM]Maputo -The candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party for the Mozambican presidential election scheduled for 15 October, former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, on Tuesday promised to continue the work done by the four previous presidents of Frelimo, Eduardo Mondlane, Samora Machel, Joaquim Chissano and Armando Guebuza.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The minister of Education, Mpinda Simao, Tuesday left the city of Luanda for Mozambique to attend the meeting of Ministers of the CPLP, to be held in Maputo on 16 and 17 April.
[Verdade]The tail of a Bombardier Q400 aircraft belonging to the Mozambican airline (LAM) made contact with the runway during its landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday April 7th, resulting in the complete closure of the runway for over an hour.
[AIM]Maputo -The Italian energy company, ENI, is considering building a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant off the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
[Verdade]Mozambique National Resistance, Renamo, in Nampula convened a press conference on 10 April to denounce cases of irregularities which took place in the registration stations in Angoche district, where Renamo officers apprehended a voter card with a fake stamp and without a digital mark, as well as the swopping of names, and Renamo believes that these actions form part of preparations for fraud in the 15 October elections.
[AIM]The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on 10 April unanimously passed the first reading of amendments to strengthen the legislation defending HIV positive people.
[AIM]The Health Ministry has received a grant of US$85 million from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to step up the fight against malaria.
[ANGOP]Luanda -A delegation of deputies assigned to the Board of Directors of the National Assembly of Mozambique starts Tuesday in Luanda, a four-day visit to study and exchange experience about the workings of the Board of Directors of the Angolan Parliament.
[AIM]The Assembly of the Republic on 9 April unanimously passed the first reading of a bill on conservation areas, which dramatically increases the penalties for poaching, particularly of endangered species.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 12 April inaugurated the rebuilt stretch of the main south-south highway between the town of Namialo, in the northern province of Nampula, and the Lurio River, on the border with the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado.
[AIM]The Ministry of Education has admitted that the country will not attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for education by the cut-off date of next year.
[AIM]Transport Minister Gabriel Muthisse has declared that the new port and coal terminal at Nacala-a-Velha, in the northern province of Nampula, and the railway linking it to the Moatize coal basin, will be concluded by December.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 7 April inaugurated the Sampene Water Distribution Centre, part of the water supply system for Quelimane, capital of Zambezia province.
[AIM]The US oil and gas company Anadarko has paid the Mozambican treasury US$520 million in capital gains tax, the chairperson of the Mozambican Tax Authority, Rosario Fernandes, announced on 25 March.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 25 March inaugurated a new terminal at the international airport in Pemba, capital of the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
[Verdade]While the Mozambican government treats rape as a petty crime with no urgency for seeking a solution and while the Assembly of the Republic approves a proposed Penal Code fraught with vile provisions which reinforce the lack of protection for rape victims, on March 30th, a 13-year-old was sexually assaulted by a group of three individuals in Namutequeliua neighborhood in Nampula city. In Maputo, a 35-year-old young man continues to subject his own 85-year-old mother to sexual abuse. These are two more cases
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police have arrested a businessman of Asian origin, named Manish Cantilal, in connection with the wave of kidnappings in Maputo and the neighbouring city of Matola.
[AIM]Maputo -Storms and torrential rains this year in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula resulted in the deaths of 27 people, and injuries to a further 61, according to the provincial governor, Cidalia Chauque.