Mozambique News and Happenings

Mozambique News and Happenings

Mozambique News and Happenings. Dear fellow traveler, welcome to our News tab. We will be sharing some of the upcoming news, events and Activities.

Music Festivals in Mozambique

AZGO Festival in Maputo

Mozambique News and Happenings. This is an annual international music festival which takes place over 3 days in the outdoors. There will be different types of bands featured, music documentaries and workshops. Additional facilities include a food court and restaurants, stalls for food and drink as well as designer fashion, merchandising and crafts.

STRAB Festival in Ponta Malongane (near the South African border)

STRAB is the abbreviation for the Subterranean Rhythm & Blues experience, an annual music festival which started out as live entertainment for a birthday bash held by a group of scuba divers in 2003. It has grown over the years and now features about 20 live bands. Since 2008 STRAB has continued to provide exposure to bands from rock to blues to jazz to fusions of these.

This will always be an exclusive event due to the size and capacity of this stunning beach location, it is however well established and fully supported by committed music lovers who engage with the festival’s philosophy of respect, love and harmony. There will be a great beach party followed by the official festival.

Independence Day Festivities in Maputo (public holiday) 

Independence Day is celebrated in June. The festivities include live performances and traditional dancing. The national stadium is the venue for a fantastic concert during which many celebrated Mozambique bands perform. The President often attends and addresses the attendees. Many cultural events such as poetry, dancing and visual arts take place the week before.

TAMBO International Art Camp / Festival in Pemba (Cabo Delgado Province)

The city of Pemba hosts this colourful festival that celebrates cultural diversity through art, dance, theatre and music performances. Visitors will enjoy 7 days in which to make art, exchange ideas and enjoy various kinds of workshops. There will be live performances and opportunities to interact with traditional artists from Pemba and other parts of the world.

CHOPI Music Festival – end July into August in Quissico (Inhambane Province)

This traditional festival is a way to preserve the unique music heritage of this region. The mbila is an amazing handmade xylophone played in large groups. This musical heritage has been recognised by UNESCO in 2005. The Chopi play traditional instruments such as whistles, animal horns, panpipes, drums and rattles. One of their most distinctive instruments is a flute made from the shell of a bush orange.

FORR Festival

The Fellowship of Rock & Roll (FORR) is an annual rock festival where a number of great bands perform. In previous years this event took place in Ponta Malongane.

Mozambique News and Happenings

Border Formalities

Money & Exchange Rate:

Check the exchange rate before leaving home. Change Rands at the BP Service Station just before the Lebombo Border Post. There are also a few Bureau de Change kiosks at the Ressano Garcia Border Post (the Mozambique side).

Third Party Insurance:

Buy third party insurance – it is compulsory. You can do this at the border and it is valid for 30 days. The cost is R150,00 for a vehicle and, if you are towing, it will cost an additional R80,00 (prices correct as at January 2011). You will be given a form – keep it safe as you may be asked to produce it by border officials or traffic police.

Make sure you have:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle registration papers (plus papers for trailers, boats, etc.) and the letter from the bank, if vehicles are financed.
  • Third Party Insurance form
  • A pen

At the Border In South Africa:

  •  Collect your gate pass from the border official and park your vehicle.
  • At the Customs Desk, fill in a form and declare any expensive goods like cameras, fridges, etc. (The Mozambican authorities will stamp this form on your way in and you must be able to show these goods upon your return to South Africa.)
  • Go to the Vehicle Registration Desk, produce your gate pass, and get your passport stamped.
  • Return to your car, hand your gate pass to the border official and drive to the Mozambique side.

At the Border in Mozambique:

  • Get a gate pass and park your vehicle.
  • Report to the Immigration Desk and present the DA341 Form, the car papers and the insurance form. Your gate pass and the DA341 will be stamped. You will be charged R10,00 for a Temporary Import Permit for the goods in your vehicle. If you do not receive a copy of the permit, ask for one.
  • Return to your car, ask one of the officials (in uniform) to inspect the car and sign your gate pass.
  • Drive on, hand your gate pass to an official who will be waiting for it – you are through!

Different Border Times:

Lebombo/Ressano Garcia

(SA/Mozambique) (Sometimes open 24 hours a day during peak holiday periods over Easter and Christmas)    6:00 am – 10:00 pm

Namaacha/Lomaacha

(Swaziland/Mozambique)               6:00 am – 8:00 pm

Kosi Bay/Ponto do Ouro

(SA/Mozambique)         6:30 am – 5:30 pm

Pafuri

(SA/Mozambique)             6:00 am – 5:30 pm

Giriyondo

(SA/Mozambique)     8:30 am – 4:00 pm in Summer and 8:00 am – 3:00 pm in the Winter

Sitehi/Goba

(Swaziland/Mozambique)  24 hours a day

For more Mozambique News and Happenings  have a look at the following link Mozexplore.com 

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