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]Mozambican Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Koloma on 14 June announced that the Japanese government has forgiven $83.81 million of debt owed by Mozambique.
[AIM]The Mozambican government announced on 14 June that it has set 1 July as the new date for a further round of dialogue with the opposition party Renamo.
[AIM]The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and the Mozambican government on 29 May in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh signed an agreement under which the bank will provide credit to finance a rural electrification project in the Mozambican provinces of Niassa and Zambezia.
[AIM]The European Commission has announced that it will fund three new development projects in Mozambique which will provide 50,000 people with access to clean water; increase trade by improving an international transport corridor; and support the construction of two hospitals.
[AIM]Vale-Mocambique, the local subsidiary of the Brazilian mining giant Vale, has made repairs to 576 out of the 716 houses in the resettlement area of Cateme which were shoddily built.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 13 June named Edson Macuacua as his advisor and presidential spokesperson.
[AIM]The Mozambican Medical Association (AMM), which represents the country's doctors, and the Commission of United Health Professionals (PSU) on 15 June called off the strike they had embarked upon on 20 May, without achieving any of their demands.
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza arrived in the South Korean capital city Seoul on 3 June to begin a three day visit.
Maputo -Inclusive business is a concept that aims to integrate low-income communities in the value chain of large companies.
Maputo -Mozambique is experiencing significant social, economic and political changes resulting of the discovery and exploitation of natural resources, particularly mineral ones which represent an opportunity to make the national economy more competitive. These changes pose challenges for the country.
[AIM]The African Development Bank (AfDB) is to provide a loan of $33 million to the Mozambican government for the emergency rehabilitation of the country's Massingir Dam on the Elephants River in the southern province of Gaza.
[AIM]The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has withdrawn its support for the Malonda Foundation, a private Mozambican body set up to develop the northernmost province of Niassa, because of financial irregularities, reports the weekly newspaper "Savana".
[AIM]The consultancy company Ernst & Young has predicted that Mozambique's average annual growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) between 2012 and 2017 will be 6.88 per cent.
[AIM]Maputo -Q: What is the status of the creation of the CNI?
[AIM]Maputo -The British High Commission in Maputo promotes a British business mission of the Chamber of Commerce Aberdeen & Grampian. The delegation will travel to Maputo and Pemba, between June 17 and 21, 2013.
[GFO]$72 million in renewal funding approved along with the $13 million in interim applicant funding
[ANGOP]Maputo -The Angolan Foreign Affairs Minister, Georges Chikoti, participated on Saturday in Maputo (Mozambique), in representation of the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, in the extraordinary summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
[The Herald]Maputo -PRESIDENT Mugabe arrived here last night to attend an extraordinary summit of Sadc Heads of States and Governments convened to co-ordinate efforts to fund elections in Zimbabwe.
[AfricaFocus]"We, the rural populations, families from the communities of the Nacala Corridor, religious organisations and Mozambican civil society, recognising the importance and urgency of combating poverty and promoting sustainable and sovereign development, believe it is timely and crucial to voice our concerns and proposals in relation to the ProSavana Programme.
[ANGOP]Hanoi -The Angolan ambassador to Angola, João Manuel Bernardo, was among the diplomats who attended the Vietnam/Mozambique Business Forum held Wednesday in Hanoi, Vietnam.
[SA Info]Rhino poaching is expected to top the agenda when Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa meets with Mozambican Minister of Tourism Carvalho Muaria in Maputo on Friday.
[SA Info]South Africa's women's football team, Banyana Banyana, were too strong for Mozambique in an international friendly played at KaNyamzane Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday, romping to a 5-0 victory.
[Deutsche Welle]Matola -The female condom has been making its way across developing countries, particularly those in the African continent. While many see this as a woman's commodity, one man in Mozambique is actively campaigning for it too.
[RFI]Mozambican bass player and vocalist Childo Tomas talks to RFI about the joys of making his first solo album - The roots of Mozambique - after nearly two decades of playing in other people's bands.
[SAFA]Banyana Banyana turned on the magic to hammer Mozambique 5-0 in an international friendly played at Kanyamazane Stadium on Sunday.
[The Herald]GUINEA ensured that Egypt had to wait another week, before being confirmed as winners of their 2014 World Cup African Zone qualifying group, after a six-goal destruction of Mozambique at the September 28 Stadium in Conakry last night. A draw or loss for the Sylie Nationale would have handed the Pharaohs a ticket into the final qualifying round
[SA Govt]Today, SADC Ministers responsible for food security and agriculture are meeting in Maputo, Mozambique. The meeting, which was preceded by a 4 day meeting of Senior Officials, was attended by Ministers from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Swaziland, Mauritius, Zambia and South Africa.
[AIM]Maputo -The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 12th, 2013.
[AIM]Maputo -The two strategic objectives of EMAN II are: 1- Simplifying procedures 2 - Improving competitiveness
[AIM]Maputo -The 19 donors and funding agencies who provide direct support to the Mozambican state budget, known as the Programme Aid Partners (PAPs), or simply as the G-19, have promised aid for 2014 of around 580 million US dollars - but have warned that they want to see progress in the fight against corruption.