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
[Daily Maverick]Rio Tinto is one of the biggest companies on the planet. These guys don't make mistakes, surely, especially ones that cost in the region of US$3.7 billion. Except sometimes they do. SIMON ALLISON examines why the mining giant is exiting Mozambique with a massive hole in its balance sheet - and its tail between its legs.
[Deutsche Welle]The low level conflict between Mozambique's former civil war foes escalated recently, but now there is fresh hope of peace in the East African country. Upcoming elections may have helped.
[AIM]Glasgow -Mozambique has won its first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
[AIM]Maputo -Eighteen Japanese companies are represented in a business delegation that arrived in Maputo on Wednesday on a mission to expand investment in Mozambique.
[AIM]Chidenguele -The Mozambican government's District Development Fund (FDD) has made loans totalling just under 8.8 billion meticais (about 280 million US dollars) since 2006.
[AIM]Maputo -The governments of Mozambique and Japan on Wednesday held a "high level policy dialogue" in the capital city Maputo to strengthen bilateral ties.
[AIM]London -The Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto has agreed to sell its coal assets in Mozambique to International Coal Ventures Private Limited (ICVL) for just 50 million US dollars.
[AIM]Maputo -The United States embassy has warned that the Mozambican immigration service is now enforcing the regulation that visas must be obtained prior to arrival.
[AIM]Quelimane, Mozambique -Mozambican First Lady Maria da Luz Guebuza on Monday arrived in Quelimane, the provincial capital of Zambezia, at the beginning of a two day working visit.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza has called for "each one of us" to play a role in preventing traffic accidents.
[AIM]Maputo -The southern Mozambican province of Inhambane is producing and processing fruit for the international market.
[Deutsche Welle]The low level conflict between Mozambique's former civil war foes escalated recently, but now there is fresh hope of peace in the East African country. However, a deal has been postponed.
[The Star]POLICE officers calmed a stormy meeting convened by Mozambique High Commissioner Floriano Maneno after two groups differed publicly.
[Verdade]The Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) armed men clashed on the afternoon of 27 July in the Mucodza area, Gorongosa District, Sofala Province. In the early hours of the same day groups from the warring sides clashed in the Mabote district, Inhambane Province.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Angolan males and females tennis teams are facing this Wednesday Mozambique at 9 a.m for the third place of the 9th Games of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP), set for Luanda's Coqueiros court.
[SAnews.gov.za]Eskom says it could soon look into gas to satisfy most of the country's electricity needs.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Monday said that the principles and values of the country's Muslim community contribute greatly to the consolidation of peace and national unity.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government's District Development Fund (FDD) has made loans totalling more than seven billion meticais (about 225 million US dollars) over the last six years.
[AIM]London -A high ranking delegation of Mozambican politicians and officials has concluded a fact finding visit to the Scottish city of Aberdeen. The purpose of the visit was to look at the infrastructure required to support a burgeoning energy industry.
[AIM]Maputo -Three new hospitals are to be built to improve the provision of health services in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia.
[AIM]Maputo -The candidate of Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party for the 15 October presidential elections, former defence minister Filipe Nyusi, departed on Monday on a working visit to Zimbabwe.
[AIM]Maputo -Delegations from the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement Renamo on Monday moved closer to full consensus on a document that will lead to a cessation of hostilities.
[AIM]Maputo -On Thursday, July 17, the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved a total of 25 million U.S. Dollars for the Government of Mozambique (GoM)'s First Programmatic Financial Sector Development Policy Operation (DPO).
[ANGOP]Luanda -Angola and Mozambique, in both sexes, are playing this Tuesday afternoon for the third place of the beach volleyball tournament of the 9th games of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP), taking place in Luanda.
[New Zimbabwe]PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Monday met the man who will likely become neighbouring Mozambique's next leader in elections scheduled for October this year.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Angolan under16 males football team lost on Saturday to Mozambique in penalty shoot-out by 3-4 at Luanda's Cidadela stadium, after a one-one draw in the full time in the first round of the 9th games of the Portuguese Speaking Countries Community (CPLP).
[AIM]Maputo -Representatives of at least 30 Brazilian companies in the food and beverages; housing and construction; machinery and equipment; hygiene and cosmetics sectors came to Mozambique from July 18 to 19, to interact with local businesses and to seek new markets to invest.
[AIM]Maputo -The non-governmental organisation Concern Worldwide US has warned that an insect-borne infection known as coconut lethal yellowing disease has spread across Mozambique, reducing entire coconut groves to bleak graveyards of a once thriving industry.
[AIM]Minsk, Belarus -Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina on Thursday visited a tractor factory at the end of his four day official visit to Belarus.
[AIM]Maputo -The farming of tiger prawns by the company Aquapesca in Inhassunge district, in the central Mozambican province of Zambezia, is due to restart in August.