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 -An opinion poll undertaken by the Polytechnic University, Mozambique's largest privately owned institution of higher education, suggests that the former rebel movement Renamo is no longer the main opposition force in the country, but has been overtaken by the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).
[AIM]Maputo -The leader of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, has confirmed that he will not take part in the launch of his party's election campaign on Sunday, even though he is the Renamo presidential candidate.
[AIM]Maputo -The Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) has announced the arrival of its long term election observers in Mozambique, at the invitation of the National Elections Commission (CNE) and the Mozambican government.
[AIM]Maputo -Ressano Garcia (Mozambique), 29 Aug (AIM) - Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Thursday inaugurated a gas-fired power station, at Ressano Garcia, on the border with South Africa, which will eventually be able to generate 180 megawatts.
[AIM]Luanda -The Mozambican and Angolan governments have agreed to do all in their power to “facilitate” entry visas this year, leading to the definitive waiver of visas for citizens of the two countries, perhaps next year.
[Verdade]Public policy in Mozambique do not ensure the social, economic and political justice in result of being traced not to respond to the concerns of the citizens, but rather to the interests of external organs considered main investors and that ensure their functioning and of the institutions that implement them, according to the researcher and University lecturer, Alexandrino Forquilha, speaking to @Verdade.
[Verdade]After more than a year of violence involving government forces and Renamo guerrillas, resulting in dozens of Mozambicans deaths and hundreds of injuries, a ceasefire was finally signed. Minister of Agriculture José Pacheco, head of the government delegation and parliament member Saimone Macuiane, head of delegation of Renamo and signed the document on the evening of Sunday, August 24th in Maputo city.
[AIM]Maputo -A Maputo court on Wednesday sentenced two men to eight years imprisonment for assaulting the former chief of staff of the Mozambican armed forces (FADM), Gen Paulino Macaringue and stealing his car, reports Thursday's issue of the independent newsheet “Mediafax”.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Republics of Angola and Mozambique announced on Thursday in Luanda the creation of a mechanism to monitor the agreements and understandings to boost cooperation relations between the two countries, aimed at raising the level of economic, institutional political and diplomatic relationship, considered excellent.
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -South Africa is fostering closer trade relations with Mozambique, which is one of the seven fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, says the Department of Trade and Industry (dti).
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's ruling Frelimo Party declared on Thursday that it is ready to start the official election campaign for the 15 October general elections on Sunday throughout the entire country.
[AIM]Maputo -The Irish company Kenmare resources increased production of ilmenite (iron titanium oxide) at its dredge mine in Moma district, on the coast of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, by 47 per cent in the first half of 2013.
[AIM]Maputo -The chairperson of Mozambique's publicly owned electricity company, EDM, Augusto de Sousa Fernando, has warned that EDM needs to invest a billion US dollars in order to improve the quality of the electricity it sells.
[AIM]Maputo -Traffic along the stretch of Mozambique's main north-south highway between the Save river and the small town of Muxungue has now returned to normal, with the removal of the military escort system that had been in place for over a year.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Mozambican minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Oldemiro Baloi, last Wednesday in Luanda expressed his country?s interest in strengthening the co-operation and political relations with Angola.
[ANGOP]Luanda -The Governments of Angola and Mozambique will increase effort to reach a legal framework leading to the signing of a visa facilitation accord.
[Verdade]The President of the Renamo party, Afonso Dhlakama, accused on Tuesday (26) the Mozambican army for having gone to a base of the movement in the South of the country, considering the alleged movement "a provocation". Despite the cease-fire agreement signed last Sunday (24) military tension also continues in central Mozambique where are still present several military units of the army and the traffic of vehicles by the National Highway No.1, in the section between the Save river and the administrative post
[Verdade]"Two terms is not long enough for African leaders... it is very short (...) in my case I would complete my work in a third term, although I decided not to compete "said the former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, during a southern Africa lawyers' Forum which took place last week just in Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican armed forces (FADM) have no intention of abandoning their positions in the central district of Gorongosa, according to Defence Minister Agostinho Mondlane, cited in Tuesday's issue of the independent newsheet “Mediafax”.
[PR Newswire]London -FCO welcomes agreement signed between Government of Mozambique and RENAMO bringing about cessation of hostilities
[ANGOP]Luanda -The new extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Angola to Mozambique, Brito Sozinho, last Wednesday in Luanda expressed his intention to make the co-operation and friendship relations between both countries stronger.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican Ministry of Education on Wednesday signed an agreement with the Attorney-General's Office, aimed at combating corruption within schools.
[AIM]Maputo -A judge in the southern Mozambican city of Inhambane has been accused of physically assaulting a woman over a debt.
[AIM]Luanda -Mozambican Foreign Minister Oldemiro Baloi on Wednesday called for the waiving of entry visas between Mozambique and Angola, arguing that this measure would increase business activity between the two countries.
[AIM]Maputo -The agricultural authorities in the central Mozambican province of Manica have confiscated eight tonnes of raw cotton which farmers were attempting to smuggle into Zimbabwe, reports Wednesday's issue of the independent daily “O Pais”.
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), the third largest party in the country, has announced that it will launch its election campaign on Sunday, in the northern city of Nampula - but neither the ruling Frelimo Party, nor the former rebel movement Renamo have given any details about their election campaign.
[AIM]Maputo -A Mozambican textile factory which has been paralysed for the past decade will resume its activities on Friday, according to one of the main shareholders.
[AIM]Maputo -One person was killed and two others seriously injured on Tuesday morning when a goods rain collided with a mechanical digger which was trying to cross a rail line in Maputo.
[Deutsche Welle]As a result of negotiations, Mozambique has averted a resumption of civil war. This is no reason for euphoria but is at least a sign of hope that October elections will be peaceful, says DW's Claus Stäcker.
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina on Tuesday swore Jafar Marcelina Ruby into office as chairperson of the board of directors of the National Naval Institute, the regulatory body for naval matters.